Conjunction between the Moon and Venus
2017 May 22
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 2°15' of each other.
From London (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 8° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky. They will rise at 03:32 (BST), 1 hour and 28 minutes before the Sun, and attain an altitude of 8° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:32.
At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Venus at mag -5.2, both in the constellation Pisces.
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 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 details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org