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 1°52' to the south 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 Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 17:06 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 19° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 42 minutes after the Sun at 19:32.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.4, and Venus at mag -4.7, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

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 19h42m10s -25°33' Sagittarius -10.4 32'52"7
Venus 19h42m10s -23°41' Sagittarius -4.7 42"7

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

The sky on 06 December 2021
Sunrise
07:14
Sunset
16:50
Twilight ends
18:22
Twilight begins
05:38

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

10%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:39 12:17 16:54
Venus 10:10 14:49 19:28
Moon 09:56 14:37 19:18
Mars 05:39 10:38 15:37
Jupiter 11:46 17:03 22:20
Saturn 10:54 15:53 20:53
All times shown in EST.

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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