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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 2°44' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.

From Washington, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 15° above the horizon. They will become visible around 19:20 (MST) as the dusk sky fades, 15° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 1 minute after the Sun at 21:04.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -4.2, both in the constellation Scorpius.

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.

At around the same time, the two objects 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 16h01m50s -20°41' Scorpius -10.7 32'47"5
Venus 15h58m20s -23°18' Scorpius -4.2 20"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 46° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 09 October 2021
Sunrise
07:35
Sunset
19:04
Twilight ends
20:30
Twilight begins
06:09

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

15%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:38 13:16 18:54
Venus 11:30 16:17 21:04
Moon 11:30 16:26 21:22
Mars 07:33 13:19 19:04
Jupiter 16:42 21:57 03:17
Saturn 15:53 20:55 02:00
All times shown in MDT.

Source

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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