Conjunction between the Moon and Venus

2015 Oct 8

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 0°39' of each other.

From London (click to change), the pair will be visible in the dawn sky. They will rise at 03:08 (GMT), 4 hours and 6 minutes before the Sun, and attain an altitude of 32° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:52.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.5, and Venus at mag -5.3, both in the constellation Leo.

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 a through 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 10h04m10s +08°57' Leo -10.5 29'35"8
Venus 10h04m50s +09°35' Leo -5.3 29"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of