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 Jupiter

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Venus and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 0°32' to the north of Jupiter.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible at around 18:16 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 25° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 30 minutes after the Sun at 20:28.

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Venus will be at mag -4.0, and Jupiter at mag -2.1, both in the constellation Pisces.

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

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Jupiter 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 00h45m20s +04°13' Pisces -4.0 12"2
Jupiter 00h45m20s +03°40' Pisces -2.1 33"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 30° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 02 March 2023
Sunrise
06:40
Sunset
18:01
Twilight ends
19:30
Twilight begins
05:11

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

78%

10 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:20 11:37 16:54
Venus 07:58 14:15 20:32
Moon 13:32 21:11 04:04
Mars 11:07 18:41 02:18
Jupiter 07:59 14:14 20:29
Saturn 06:15 11:35 16:55
All times shown in EST.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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