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 Ceres

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 5°01' to the south of 1 Ceres.

From Ashburn , the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:51 (EDT) – 1 hour and 37 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 13° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:11.

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Venus will be at mag -3.9, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.6, 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
Venus 09h13m30s +16°59' Cancer -3.9 10"1
1 Ceres 09h13m30s +22°01' Cancer 8.6 0"0

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 Aug 2022

The sky on 24 August 2022
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:48 14:48 20:48
Venus 05:10 12:11 19:11
Moon 03:27 11:14 18:54
Mars 23:51 07:00 14:09
Jupiter 21:21 03:28 09:36
Saturn 19:24 00:34 05:44
All times shown in EDT.


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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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