1,017 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°59' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 26 days old.
At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.
From Fairfield however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 02:27, until soon before it sets at 17:03.
The Moon will be at mag -10.6, and Venus at mag -4.3, both in the constellation Gemini.
The pair 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 two objects at the moment of conjunction 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 45° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.
The sky on 15 Aug 2020
|The sky on 15 August 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.
|13 Aug 2020||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|02 Sep 2020||– Venus at highest altitude in morning sky|
|29 Oct 2021||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|06 Dec 2021||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.