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

Conjunction of Venus and Eris

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Venus and 136199 Eris will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 9°49' to the north of 136199 Eris.

From Cambridge however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 6° above the horizon at dawn.

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Venus will be at mag -4.0 in the constellation Pisces, and 136199 Eris at mag 18.8 in the neighbouring constellation of Cetus.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 136199 Eris 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
Venus 01h48m00s +09°00' Pisces -4.0 14"0
136199 Eris 01h48m00s -00°49' Cetus 18.8 0"0

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 27 May 2022
Sunrise
05:13
Sunset
20:13
Twilight ends
22:17
Twilight begins
03:05

27-day old moon
Waning Crescent

5%

27 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:02 12:10 19:17
Venus 03:38 10:14 16:51
Moon 03:44 10:34 17:36
Mars 02:35 08:34 14:34
Jupiter 02:33 08:36 14:39
Saturn 01:07 06:17 11:26
All times shown in EDT.

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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