The Moon will pass in front of Saturn.
The pair will visible
in the west in the evening sky. At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.0, and Saturn at mag 1.0, both in the constellation Libra.
At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.
At a declination of -14°41' , they will be seen to best advantage in the southern hemisphere; it will be possible to see them at latitudes between 55°N and 84°S. At Ashburn, the pair will set 4 hours and 17 minutes after the Sun.
For those with digital setting circles, the precise positions of
the Moon and Saturn 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
94° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at
this time of year.
The sky on Mon, 04 August 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