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 Europe, western Russia, Greenland, Africa and Asia.

Unfortunately the occultation will not be visible from Fairfield, 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
(UTC)
Russia 08:31–21:31
Greenland 09:27–06:55
Libya 11:08–03:13
Egypt 00:56–20:13
Turkey 11:41–20:37
Sweden 11:30–01:58
Ukraine 11:33–20:53
Norway 11:31–01:59
France 19:14–01:06
Sudan 01:30–19:56
Finland 11:48–01:00
Saudi Arabia 01:01–20:16
Germany 11:10–01:26
Poland 11:24–20:52
Algeria 19:26–01:34
Iraq 12:26–20:29
Italy 11:00–01:33
Great Britain 19:12–01:44
Belarus 11:38–20:58
Romania 11:28–20:42
Iceland 11:35–01:51
Svalbard 11:10–08:05
Kazakhstan 12:15–21:26
Syria 12:16–20:28
Greece 11:26–20:30
Iran 12:23–20:39
Spain 19:12–01:32
Tunisia 10:58–01:34
Bulgaria 11:31–20:35
Chad 01:30–03:12
Hungary 11:21–20:41
Serbia 11:24–20:37
Ireland 19:10–01:36
Latvia 11:40–21:00
Czechia 11:19–20:43
Lithuania 11:39–20:57
Austria 11:12–01:26
Azerbaijan 12:21–20:41
Jordan 12:39–20:18
Georgia 12:08–20:41
Estonia 11:45–01:04
Denmark 11:25–01:15
Croatia 11:15–01:29
Slovakia 11:24–20:43
Bosnia and Herzegovina 11:19–01:28
Netherlands 11:12–01:22
Switzerland 11:06–01:28
Belgium 11:10–01:24
Moldova 11:41–20:43
Armenia 12:19–20:38
Macedonia 11:27–20:31
Albania 11:25–19:10
Slovenia 11:15–01:27
Northern Ireland 11:13–01:36
Israel 12:37–20:17
Montenegro 11:22–19:10
Cyprus 12:13–20:21
Corsica 11:03–01:32
Lebanon 12:25–20:20
Faroe Islands 11:40–01:50
Mallorca 10:51–01:32
Palestinian Territory 01:03–20:15
Luxembourg 11:11–01:24
Shetland 11:34–01:49
Aland Islands 11:47–01:00
Orkney 11:29–01:46
Svalbard and Jan Mayen 11:25–08:02
Menorca 10:54–01:32
Isle of Man 11:14–01:33
Ibiza 19:26–01:32
Andorra 10:54–01:31
Malta 11:14–18:50
Jersey 11:03–01:24
Guernsey 11:03–01:24
RAF Akrotiri 12:16–20:20
Vatican 11:10–01:31
Liechtenstein 11:11–01:26
Monaco 11:03–01:30
Niger 01:47–18:11
San Marino 11:12–01:29

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 12h04m50s 0°48'N Virgo -4.3 0'20"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

Next/previous occultations

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12 Dec 2020 24 Mar 2023 Occultations of Venus 07 Apr 2024 07 Apr 2024
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The sky on 09 Nov 2023

The sky on 09 November 2023
Sunrise
06:30
Sunset
16:39
Twilight ends
18:14
Twilight begins
04:56

26-day old moon
Waning Crescent

11%

26 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:39 12:23 17:07
Venus 02:39 08:45 14:50
Moon 02:32 08:51 14:59
Mars 06:46 11:45 16:44
Jupiter 16:15 23:06 05:56
Saturn 13:32 18:49 00:05
All times shown in EST.

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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