Venus and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 5°38' to the north of 134340 Pluto.
From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:20 (EDT) – 1 hour and 52 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 13° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:56.
Venus will be at mag -4.5, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.1, both in the constellation Sagittarius.
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 45° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 05 March 2022|
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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.
|16 Jan 2022||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
|20 Jul 2022||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|18 Jan 2023||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
|22 Jul 2023||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.