Venus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 4°47' to the north of 1 Ceres.
From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 16:43 (EDT), 17° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 51 minutes after the Sun at 19:14.
Venus will be at mag -4.2, and 1 Ceres at mag 9.4, both in the constellation Capricornus.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit 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 1 Ceres 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|
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 09 December 2024|
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All times shown in EST.
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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The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.