The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within a mere 10.9 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 27 days old.
From Seattle, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 9° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:57 (PDT) – 1 hour and 23 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 9° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:56.
The Moon will be at mag -10.1; and Venus will be at mag -4.0. 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.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus 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|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 37° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 26 May 2022|
26 days old
All times shown in PDT.
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|
|30 Apr 2023||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
|04 Jun 2023||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|16 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.