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See the old moon and Venus conjunction tonight

About an hour and a half before sunset on Thursday (August 25), Venus will shine next to the old moon in the evening sky.

The waning crescent moon will pass just 4°17′ north of the bright planet Venus. This close encounter or conjunction occurs at 4:58 pm EDT (2058 GMT), when the two objects have the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude, according to In-the-Sky.org. (will open in a new tab).

The Moon is currently shining at a magnitude of -8.4 and Venus is shining at a magnitude of -3.9. Despite their close encounter, the pair would be too far apart to fit within the telescope’s field of view. However, they will be visible to the naked eye or through binoculars.

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The pair are currently in the constellation Cancer, joined by the dwarf planet Ceres, which sits between the Moon and Venus.

While the Moon’s close encounter with Venus officially occurred at 4:58 pm EDT (2058 GMT) this evening, the pair were seen close together this morning in the predawn sky at 4:56 am EDT ( 08:56 GMT), about 1 hour 17 minutes. minutes before sunrise.

Unfortunately, the pair rose only 9° above the eastern horizon before disappearing into the rising sun, making the two objects difficult to spot in the predawn sky. And at the age of 28 days, the waning crescent of the moon is only 4% illuminated.

If you miss this close encounter between Venus and the Moon, you’ll have another chance to catch the pair when they meet again before the end of the year on December 25th.

If you’re hoping to get a good photo of a conjunction or other upcoming skywatching event, check out our guide to the best cameras for astrophotography and the best lenses for astrophotography. You can also check out our guide to the best binoculars to see the Moon and Venus in the sky.

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