Conjunction between Venus and M44
2015 Jun 13
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
Venus and M44 will make a close approach, passing within 0°33' of each other.
From London (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 19° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 21:45 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 19° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 56 minutes after the Sun at 00:11.
At the moment of closest approach, Venus will be at mag -5.1, and M44 at mag 3.7, both in the constellation Cancer.
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 Venus and M44 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