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 Eris

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Venus and 136199 Eris will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 8°49' to the north of 136199 Eris.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:43 (EDT) – 1 hour and 35 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 12° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:58.

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Venus will be at mag -4.3 in the constellation Pisces, and 136199 Eris at mag 18.8 in the neighbouring constellation of Cetus.

A graph of the angular separation between Venus and 136199 Eris 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 01h50m00s +08°48' Pisces -4.3 22"7
136199 Eris 01h50m00s -00°00' Cetus 18.8 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 05 June 2025
Sunrise
05:18
Sunset
20:22
Twilight ends
22:30
Twilight begins
03:14

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

73%

9 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:47 13:26 21:05
Venus 03:14 09:49 16:24
Moon 15:13 20:54 02:28
Mars 10:44 17:42 00:39
Jupiter 06:18 13:50 21:22
Saturn 02:07 08:03 14:00
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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