Conjunction between Venus and M45
2015 Apr 11
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
Venus and M45 will make a close approach, passing within 2°34' of each other.
From London (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 20:11 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 30° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 3 minutes after the Sun at 23:51.
At the moment of closest approach, Venus will be at mag -4.5, and M45 at mag 1.6, both in the constellation Taurus.
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 Venus and M45 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 38° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org