The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of Venus and Jupiter

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The planets Venus and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within a mere 13.8 arcminutes of each other.

From Seattle, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 8° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:33 (PDT) – 1 hour and 19 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 8° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:32.

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Venus will be at mag -4.1; and Jupiter will be at mag -2.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.

They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Jupiter around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 23h53m20s -02°07' Pisces -4.1 16"7
Jupiter 23h53m00s -01°54' Pisces -2.1 34"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 42° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.

The sky on 30 April 2022
Sunrise
05:52
Sunset
20:20
Twilight ends
22:28
Twilight begins
03:44

29-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

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29 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:33 14:27 22:22
Venus 04:34 10:28 16:22
Moon 05:58 13:08 20:30
Mars 04:05 09:31 14:56
Jupiter 04:33 10:28 16:23
Saturn 03:25 08:23 13:21
All times shown in PDT.

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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