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 Pluto

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Venus and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 0°52' to the north of 134340 Pluto.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 7° above the horizon at dusk.

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Venus will be at mag -3.9, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.1, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 134340 Pluto 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 20h00m50s -21°57' Sagittarius -3.9 10"3
134340 Pluto 20h00m50s -22°49' Sagittarius 15.1 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 17° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 01 January 2023
Sunrise
07:19
Sunset
16:35
Twilight ends
18:15
Twilight begins
05:39

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

79%

9 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:03 12:50 17:38
Venus 08:31 13:12 17:53
Moon 12:52 20:04 03:26
Mars 13:55 21:33 05:11
Jupiter 11:16 17:17 23:17
Saturn 09:41 14:49 19:57
All times shown in EST.

Warning

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.

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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