The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Conjunction between the Moon and Mars

Wed, 19 Feb 2014 at15:23 MST(922 days ago)
22:23 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 2°59' of each other.

From Washington (click to change), the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 23:22, when they rise 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:21, 45° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight at around 07:03, 31° above your south-western horizon.

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.

The precise positions of the Moon and Mars at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 13h40m00s -10°38' Virgo -12.4 30'43"3
Mars 13h43m20s -07°45' Virgo -0.6 10"6

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 19 February 2014
Sunrise: 07:17
Sunset: 18:16
Twilight from 05:50
until 19:43
All times shown in MST.

20-day old moon
Age of Moon:
20 days

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:17 11:18 16:19
Venus 05:58 10:58 15:58
Moon 15:53 22:47 04:54
Mars 00:55 06:04 11:12
Jupiter 19:42 02:05 08:24
Saturn 02:38 07:34 12:30

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

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