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

Lunar occultation of Venus

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon will pass in front of Venus, creating a lunar occultation visible from countries and territories including the Contiguous United States, Canada, Brazil and Venezuela amongst others. Although the occultation will only be visible across part of the world – because the Moon is so close to the Earth that its position in the sky varies by as much as two degrees across the world – a close conjunction between the pair will be more widely visible.

The occultation will be visible from Ashburn. It will begin with the disappearance of Venus behind the Moon at 15:46 EDT, though in daylight. Its reappearance will be visible at 17:12 EDT, though in daylight.

Extreme caution is necessary when pointing binoculars or telescopes at the sky when the Sun is above the horizon, as even a momentary glance at the Sun through such an instrument can cause permanent blindness.

The map below shows the visibility of the occultation across the world. Separate contours show where the disappearance of Venus is visible (shown in red), and where its reappearance is visible (shown in blue). Solid contours show where each event is likely to be visible through binoculars at a reasonable altitude in the sky. Dotted contours indicate where each event occurs above the horizon, but may not be visible due to the sky being too bright or the Moon being very close to the horizon.

Map showing where the occultation is visible

Outside the contours, the Moon will not pass in front of Venus at any time, or is below the horizon at the time of the occultation. However, a close conjunction between the pair will be visible across much of the world.

The map can be downloaded in PNG , PDF or SVG format. A KMZ file , is also available, which can be opened in Google Earth to provide a higher resolution map.

The animation below shows the path of the occultation across the Earth's globe. The red circle shows where the Moon appears in front of Venus.

You can download this video in MP4 or OGG format.

A complete list of the countries and territories where the occultation will be visible is as follows:

Country Time span
The Contiguous United States 14:03–14:17
Canada 13:39–04:38
Brazil 06:23–01:28
Venezuela 06:20–15:52
Mexico 04:49–11:29
Guyana 06:32–16:07
Alaska 13:39–04:22
Suriname 06:37–16:15
Cuba 01:44–11:28
French Guiana 06:44–16:21
Dominican Republic 02:36–22:27
Colombia 06:16–15:28
Haiti 02:42–22:21
Bahamas 02:46–11:21
Jamaica 01:48–11:35
Puerto Rico 02:36–22:33
Cape Verde 03:12–09:53
Trinidad and Tobago 06:37–15:40
Guadeloupe 02:38–22:42
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 02:41–15:29
Turks and Caicos Islands 02:38–22:19
Barbados 02:41–15:34
British Virgin Islands 02:37–22:36
Cayman Islands 01:44–11:30
Martinique 02:39–15:16
Curacao 06:29–14:54
Saint Kitts and Nevis 02:37–22:40
Saint Lucia 02:40–15:24
U.S. Virgin Islands 02:37–22:36
Antigua and Barbuda 02:37–22:41
Dominica 02:39–22:41
Anguilla 02:37–22:39
Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba 06:31–14:58
Grenada 06:49–15:30
Bermuda 02:51–09:22
Montserrat 02:38–22:40
Aruba 06:29–14:38
Sint Maarten 02:37–22:39
Saint Barthelemy 02:37–22:39
Saint Martin 02:37–22:38
Navassa Island 06:18–11:34

Lunar occultations are only ever visible from a small fraction of the Earth's surface. Since the Moon is much closer to the Earth than other celestial objects, its exact position in the sky differs depending on your exact location on Earth due to its large parallax. The position of the Moon as seen from two points on opposite sides of the Earth varies by up to two degrees, or four times the diameter of the full moon.

This means that if the Moon is aligned to pass in front of a particular object for an observer on one side of the Earth, it will appear up to two degrees away from that object on the other side of the Earth.

At the time of the occultation, the Moon will be 6 days past new moon and will be 11% illuminated. Venus will disappear behind the unilluminated side of the Moon and reappear from behind the illuminated side of the Moon.

The position of Venus at the moment of the occultation will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Venus 08h30m20s 21°02'N Cancer -4.0 0'14"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:32 14:54 22:17
Venus 08:38 15:55 23:11
Moon 08:16 15:54 23:20
Mars 03:40 10:43 17:47
Jupiter 08:05 15:22 22:38
Saturn 02:05 08:18 14:31
All times shown in EDT.


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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