The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 2°48' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.

From Ashburn , the pair will become visible at around 19:01 (EST), 10° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 21 minutes after the Sun at 20:06.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.8; and Venus will be at mag -4.0. Both objects will lie in the constellation Libra.

They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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 Moon 14h45m20s 19°26'S Libra -9.8 29'35"4
Venus 14h49m40s 16°49'S Libra -4.0 12"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 32° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 5 Oct 2024

The sky on 5 October 2024
Sunrise
07:07
Sunset
18:45
Twilight ends
20:14
Twilight begins
05:38

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

10%

3 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:26 13:11 18:56
Venus 09:52 14:59 20:05
Moon 09:51 14:57 19:55
Mars 00:01 07:25 14:49
Jupiter 22:11 05:32 12:54
Saturn 17:36 23:12 04:47
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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39.04°N
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