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 Uranus

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Uranus will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 1°17' to the north of Uranus.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 19:34 (EDT), 29° above your western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 59 minutes after the Sun at 22:17.

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Venus will be at mag -4.0, and Uranus at mag 5.8, both in the constellation Aries.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit 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 Uranus 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 02h56m10s +17°44' Aries -4.0 13"9
Uranus 02h56m10s +16°26' Aries 5.8 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 36° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 31 March 2023
Sunrise
06:38
Sunset
19:18
Twilight ends
20:54
Twilight begins
05:02

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

74%

10 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:08 13:47 20:27
Venus 08:09 15:18 22:27
Moon 13:43 21:27 04:55
Mars 10:47 18:30 02:12
Jupiter 07:06 13:31 19:56
Saturn 05:19 10:40 16:01
All times shown in EDT.

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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