Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°18' to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 22 days old.
From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 00:59, when they rise to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 05:13, 32° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:21, 30° above your southern horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.1, and Saturn at mag 0.2, both in the constellation Libra.
The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 99° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 February 2014|
22 days old
All times shown in EST.
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.
|28 Apr 2013||– Saturn at opposition|
|10 May 2014||– Saturn at opposition|
|22 May 2015||– Saturn at opposition|
|03 Jun 2016||– Saturn at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.