The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 8°44' to the south of Venus. The Moon will be 26 days old.
From San Diego however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 03:44, until soon before it sets at 14:20. Always take extreme caution when trying to make daytime observations of the Moon while the Sun is above the horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -4.6, both in the constellation Sagittarius.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.
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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 46° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
The sky on 26 Feb 2022
|The sky on 26 February 2022|
25 days old
All times shown in PST.
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.
|19 Feb 2022||– Venus at highest altitude in morning sky|
|20 Mar 2022||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|12 May 2023||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
|04 Jun 2023||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.