The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°42' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 1 days old.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 6° above the horizon at dusk.

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The Moon will be at mag -7.7, and Venus at mag -3.9, both in the constellation Taurus.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 Moon 04h09m40s +20°26' Taurus -7.7 29'24"2
Venus 04h09m40s +21°09' Taurus -3.9 9"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 12° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.

The sky on 12 May 2021
Sunrise
05:37
Sunset
20:01
Twilight ends
21:53
Twilight begins
03:45

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

1%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:37 14:16 21:55
Venus 06:18 13:40 21:02
Moon 06:16 13:31 20:46
Mars 08:44 16:21 23:58
Jupiter 02:21 07:40 12:59
Saturn 01:36 06:35 11:35
All times shown in EDT.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

Source

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.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

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