Conjunction between the Moon and Venus

2013 Sep 8

The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 0°24′ of each other.

The pair will visible in the west in the early evening sky. At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.4, and Venus at mag -4.5, both in the constellation Virgo.

At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.

At a declination of -11°23′ , they will be seen to best advantage in the southern hemisphere; it will be possible to see them at latitudes between 58°N and 81°S.