361 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon, Venus and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 6°19' of each other. The Moon will be 26 days old.
From Fairfield however, the trio will be visible from soon after it rises, at 04:46, until soon before it sets at 15:17.
The Moon will be at mag -10.7; Venus will be at mag -4.3; and Saturn will be at mag 0.7. The trio will lie in the constellation Capricornus.
They 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.
At around the same time, the trio will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the trio at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The trio will be at an angular separation of 46° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
The sky on 28 Mar 2022
|The sky on 28 March 2022|
26 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
|20 Mar 2022||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|08 May 2023||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
|04 Jun 2023||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|20 Oct 2023||– Venus at highest altitude in morning sky|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.