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

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 2°51' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 3 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 18:41 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 48 minutes after the Sun at 20:13.

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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.

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 15h58m00s -20°26' Scorpius -10.7 32'48"0
Venus 15h58m00s -23°17' Scorpius -4.2 20"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 09 October 2021
Sunrise
06:57
Sunset
18:25
Twilight ends
19:57
Twilight begins
05:25

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

19%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:02 12:36 18:10
Venus 11:02 15:37 20:12
Moon 10:42 15:39 20:32
Mars 06:57 12:40 18:23
Jupiter 16:09 21:17 02:25
Saturn 15:23 20:15 01:07
All times shown in EDT.

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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