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
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The Moon will pass in front of Venus, creating a lunar occultation visible from countries and territories including the eastern Contiguous United States, eastern Canada, Mexico and southern Greenland amongst others.

The occultation will be visible from Ashburn. It will begin with the disappearance of Venus behind the Moon at 12:34 EDT, though In daylight. Its reappearance will be visible at 13:47 EDT, though In daylight.

Extreme caution is necessary when pointing binoculars or telescopes at the sky when the Sun is above the horizon, as even a momentary glance at the Sun through such an instrument can cause permanent blindness.

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
The Contiguous United States 02:31–14:24
Canada 18:42–04:35
Mexico 17:22–05:17
Greenland 09:27–04:47
Colombia 23:00–01:09
Cuba 18:51–22:54
Nicaragua 11:10–00:17
Honduras 11:03–04:47
Guatemala 10:54–22:36
Panama 05:36–00:39
Costa Rica 11:22–00:27
Dominican Republic 19:01–00:02
Haiti 19:01–23:58
Bahamas 18:43–23:14
Belize 10:56–22:34
El Salvador 11:06–04:49
Venezuela 23:11–01:09
Jamaica 19:09–23:49
Puerto Rico 19:03–00:06
Ecuador 05:16–00:54
The Portuguese Azores 18:43–00:51
Turks and Caicos Islands 18:57–23:57
British Virgin Islands 19:03–00:07
Cayman Islands 19:07–23:37
U.S. Virgin Islands 19:03–00:07
French Polynesia 12:50–13:45
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 18:53–00:53
Bermuda 18:44–23:32
Aruba 06:10–00:37
Clipperton Island 05:27–12:07
Navassa Island 19:07–23:52

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.

At the time of the occultation, the Moon will be 25 days past new moon and will be 2% illuminated. Venus will disappear behind the illuminated side of the Moon and reappear from behind the unilluminated side of the Moon.

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 00h12m30s 0°16'S Pisces -3.9 0'10"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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Mercury 06:48 13:32 20:17
Venus 06:14 12:16 18:18
Moon 06:08 12:15 18:35
Mars 05:23 10:59 16:35
Jupiter 08:09 15:08 22:07
Saturn 05:30 11:08 16:45
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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