Conjunction between the Moon and Venus

2017 Jan 2

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 1°50' of each other.

From London (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 16:26 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 23° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 12 minutes after the Sun at 20:11.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -5.0, both in the constellation Aquarius.

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.

The precise positions of the Moon and Venus at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 22h03m20s -11°24' Aquarius -10.7 30'53"5
Venus 22h05m20s -13°11' Aquarius -5.0 21"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 47° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of