The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within a mere 20.7 arcminutes of each other. From some parts of the world, the Moon will pass in front of Venus, creating a lunar occultation. The Moon will be 28 days old.
From Ashburn , the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 06:14, until soon before it sets at 18:18. Always take extreme caution when trying to make daytime observations of the Moon while the Sun is above the horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -8.4; and Venus will be at mag -3.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.
They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 15° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
The sky on 7 Apr 2024
|The sky on 7 April 2024|
28 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
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.
|23 Oct 2023||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
|10 Jan 2025||– Venus at greatest elongation east|
|02 Feb 2025||– Venus at highest altitude in evening sky|
|31 May 2025||– Venus at greatest elongation west|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.