Venus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 5°01' to the south of 1 Ceres.
From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:17 (EDT) – 1 hour and 44 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 12° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:41.
Venus will be at mag -3.9, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.8, both in the constellation Cancer.
A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 1 Ceres 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 15° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.
|The sky on 24 August 2022|
27 days old
All times shown in EDT.
Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.
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.
|22 Jul 2022||– 1 Ceres at solar conjunction|
|11 Dec 2022||– 1 Ceres at perihelion|
|21 Mar 2023||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|21 Nov 2023||– 1 Ceres at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.