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Conjunction of the Moon and Venus

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The Moon and Venus will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°59' to the north of Venus. The Moon will be 26 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 17° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:32 (EDT) – 1 hour and 58 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 17° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:09.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.6, and Venus at mag -4.4, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair 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.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Venus 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 Moon 01h05m30s +09°12' Pisces -10.6 32'56"1
Venus 01h05m30s +05°13' Pisces -4.4 26"2

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

The sky on 23 May 2025
Sunrise
05:27
Sunset
20:11
Twilight ends
22:10
Twilight begins
03:29

26-day old moon
Waning Crescent

14%

26 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:07 12:17 19:28
Venus 03:31 09:52 16:13
Moon 03:07 09:31 15:54
Mars 10:57 18:04 01:14
Jupiter 06:58 14:29 22:01
Saturn 02:54 08:50 14:46
All times shown in EDT.

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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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41.14°N
73.26°W
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