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 Pluto

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Venus and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 0°53' to the north of 134340 Pluto.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 16:46 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 21° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 10 minutes after the Sun at 19:36.

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Venus will be at mag -4.2, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.2, both in the constellation Capricornus.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 134340 Pluto 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 20h13m20s -22°21' Capricornus -4.2 18"0
134340 Pluto 20h13m20s -23°14' Capricornus 15.2 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 44° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.

The sky on 07 December 2024
Sunrise
07:06
Sunset
16:26
Twilight ends
18:06
Twilight begins
05:26

6-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

49%

6 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:43 11:31 16:19
Venus 10:18 14:57 19:36
Moon 11:56 17:23 23:02
Mars 20:01 03:25 10:50
Jupiter 16:18 23:44 07:10
Saturn 12:12 17:45 23:17
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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