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Close approach of the Moon and Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°48' of each other. The Moon will be 25 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 18° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:09 (EST) – 2 hours and 7 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 18° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:54.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.7, and Uranus at mag 5.9, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Uranus around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 00h54m00s +07°01' Pisces -10.7 31'29"2
Uranus 00h56m10s +05°18' Pisces 5.9 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 48° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 24 May 2014
Sunrise
05:14
Sunset
20:06
Twilight ends
22:10
Twilight begins
03:10

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

16%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:30 14:17 22:03
Venus 03:38 10:09 16:41
Moon 02:52 09:17 15:41
Mars 15:16 21:08 03:04
Jupiter 08:24 15:56 23:28
Saturn 18:35 23:41 04:52
All times shown in EDT.

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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