Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
Venus and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with Venus passing 0°58' to the north of Jupiter.
From Ashburn, the pair will become visible at around 18:23 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 44 minutes after the Sun at 20:49.
Venus will be at mag -4.0, and Jupiter at mag -2.1, both in the constellation Pisces.
The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 Venus and Jupiter 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 33° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 November 2018|
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All times shown in EST.
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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The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.