Close approach of Moon and Venus

The Moon and Venus will make a close approach, passing within 3°42′ of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old. From Long Island, the pair will become visible around 19:30 (EDT), 12° above your south-western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 28 minutes after the Sun at 20:42. The Moon will be at mag -10.5; and Venus will be at mag -4.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Virgo. They 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. At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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