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

Lunar occultation of Venus

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Lunar Occultations feed

Objects: Venus

The Moon will pass in front of Venus, creating a lunar occultation visible from Asia and Africa.

Unfortunately the occultation will not be visible from Ashburn, though a close conjunction between the pair will be more widely visible.

The map below shows the visibility of the occultation across the world. Separate contours show where the disappearance of Venus is visible (shown in red), and where its reappearance is visible (shown in blue). Solid contours show where each event is likely to be visible through binoculars at a reasonable altitude in the sky. Dotted contours indicate where each event occurs above the horizon, but may not be visible due to the sky being too bright or the Moon being very close to the horizon.

Map showing where the occultation is visible

Outside of the contours, the Moon does not pass in front of Venus at any time, or is below the horizon at the time of the occultation. However, a close conjunction between the pair may be visible.

The map can be downloaded in PNG , PDF or SVG format. A KMZ file , is also available, which can be opened in Google Earth to provide a higher resolution map.

A complete list of the countries and territories where the occultation will be visible is as follows:

Country Time span
China 17:59–19:43
India 16:43–14:15
South Africa 00:49–03:14
Democratic Republic of the Congo 00:50–02:37
Angola 00:47–02:44
Pakistan 16:50–18:54
Tanzania 00:54–02:32
Namibia 00:46–03:00
Ethiopia 01:17–03:01
Mozambique 00:50–03:07
Zambia 00:47–02:46
Myanmar 16:52–14:25
Somalia 01:07–03:04
Madagascar 01:08–02:37
Botswana 00:47–03:00
Kenya 01:02–02:51
Thailand 22:28–14:44
Saudi Arabia 03:20–02:49
Yemen 01:47–02:55
Zimbabwe 00:48–02:57
Vietnam 22:34–15:02
Oman 02:06–02:46
Iran 16:56–18:46
Afghanistan 16:59–18:47
Uganda 01:05–02:31
Laos 17:06–14:47
Cambodia 16:39–14:54
Nepal 16:52–18:57
Bangladesh 16:50–18:56
Malawi 00:52–02:46
Sudan 01:19–03:55
United Arab Emirates 14:23–15:12
Sri Lanka 16:48–18:22
Taiwan 16:40–19:48
Bhutan 16:54–18:53
Burundi 00:59–02:09
Rwanda 01:02–02:05
Djibouti 01:43–02:52
Swaziland 01:00–03:07
Philippines 22:20–16:03
Eritrea 01:55–02:50
Malaysia 22:13–15:41
Maldives 22:57–19:01
Hong Kong 16:35–19:27
Seychelles 01:07–02:35
Comoros 01:03–02:33
Mayotte 01:06–02:35
Paracel Islands 16:40–15:01
Macao 16:35–19:24
Spratly Islands 22:34–15:23
Lesotho 01:02–03:07

Lunar occultations are only ever visible from a small fraction of the Earth's surface. Since the Moon is much closer to the Earth than other celestial objects, its exact position in the sky differs depending on your exact location on Earth due to its large parallax. The position of the Moon as seen from two points on opposite sides of the Earth varies by up to two degrees, or four times the diameter of the full moon.

This means that if the Moon is aligned to pass in front of a particular object for an observer on one side of the Earth, it will appear up to two degrees away from that object on the other side of the Earth.

The position of Venus at the moment of the occultation will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 02h24m30s 14°53'N Aries -4.0 0'13"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:26 13:42 19:57
Venus 08:34 15:27 22:20
Moon 08:40 15:45 23:03
Mars 11:23 18:58 02:33
Jupiter 07:45 14:06 20:28
Saturn 05:56 11:19 16:41
All times shown in EDT.


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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