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Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°34' to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 15 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:16 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 8° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:29, 32° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 04:43, when they sink below 7° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.7, and Saturn at mag 0.1, both in the constellation Libra.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will 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 Moon 15h11m00s -15°47' Libra -12.7 31'49"0
Saturn 15h11m00s -15°13' Libra 0.1 18"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 175° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 14 May 2014
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

15-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


15 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:17 13:59 21:41
Venus 03:51 10:07 16:22
Moon 20:07 00:09 05:17
Mars 15:55 21:49 03:46
Jupiter 08:56 16:29 00:06
Saturn 19:19 00:29 05:35
All times shown in EDT.


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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