The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 3°03' of each other. The Moon will be 26 days old.
From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:38 (EST) – 2 hours and 44 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 24° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:00.
The Moon will be at mag -10.4; and Venus will be at mag -4.5. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.
They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 42° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.
|The sky on 17 July 2020|
26 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.
|10 Jul 2020||– Venus at aphelion|
|12 Aug 2020||– Venus at dichotomy|
|13 Aug 2020||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|07 Sep 2020||– Venus reaches highest point in morning sky|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.