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

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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.

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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 Moon 19h39m50s -25°43' Sagittarius -10.7 32'28"1
Venus 19h39m50s -16°58' Sagittarius -4.6 32"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 Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 26 Feb 2022

The sky on 26 February 2022
Sunrise
06:17
Sunset
17:43
Twilight ends
19:05
Twilight begins
04:55

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

11%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:12 10:27 15:42
Venus 03:43 09:01 14:18
Moon 03:27 08:24 13:23
Mars 04:04 09:07 14:09
Jupiter 06:37 12:20 18:04
Saturn 05:26 10:46 16:05
All times shown in PST.

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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