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 Neptune

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Venus and Neptune will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 17' to the south of Neptune.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be readily observable since they will be very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 16° from it.

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Venus will be at mag -3.9, and Neptune at mag 8.0, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and Neptune 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 23h53m20s 2°20'S Pisces -3.9 10"2
Neptune 23h53m20s 2°03'S Pisces 8.0 2"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 16° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 3 Apr 2024

The sky on 3 April 2024
Sunrise
06:30
Sunset
19:20
Twilight ends
20:55
Twilight begins
04:54

24-day old moon
Waning Crescent

30%

24 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:46 13:37 20:28
Venus 06:02 11:57 17:52
Moon 03:51 08:23 13:02
Mars 05:16 10:46 16:16
Jupiter 08:01 15:04 22:06
Saturn 05:30 11:05 16:40
All times shown in EDT.

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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