Venus and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 2°09' to the north of 134340 Pluto.
From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 16:48 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 13° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 54 minutes after the Sun at 18:21.
Venus will be at mag -4.6, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.1, 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 through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 134340 Pluto 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 25° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 December 2021|
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All times shown in EST.
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.
|18 Jul 2021||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|16 Jan 2022||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
|20 Jul 2022||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|18 Jan 2023||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.