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Close approach of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 4°02' of each other. The Moon will be 27 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:42 (EDT) – 3 hours and 17 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 31° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:40.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.4; and Venus will be at mag -4.0. Both objects will lie in the constellation Leo.

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.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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 Moon 11h04m50s +11°20' Leo -10.4 32'45"5
Venus 10h58m40s +07°35' Leo -4.0 14"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 38° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 13 October 2020
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26-day old moon
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26 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:53 13:46 18:38
Venus 03:39 10:11 16:43
Moon 02:51 09:49 16:47
Mars 18:11 00:39 07:02
Jupiter 14:00 18:34 23:09
Saturn 14:23 19:02 23:42
All times shown in EDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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.

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