The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 2°59' of each other.
The pair will visible
in the east in the morning sky. At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.4, and Mars at mag -0.6, both in the constellation Virgo.
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.
At a declination of -07°45' , they will be visible across much of the world; it will be possible to see them at latitudes between 62°N and 77°S. At Washington, the pair will rise 9 hours and 41 minutes before the Sun.
For those with digital setting circles, the precise positions of
the Moon and Mars at the moment of closest approach
will be as follows:
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.
The pair will be at an angular separation of
123° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at
this time of year.
The sky on Wed, 19 February 2014
The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405 ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).The positions of deep sky objects in conjunctions are taken from the NGC2000.0