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Conjunction of the Moon and Mars

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The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°36' to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 11 days old.

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

From Seattle, the pair will become visible around 21:29 (PST) as the dusk sky fades, 37° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 02:33.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.2, and Mars at mag -0.4, 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.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Mars 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 12h40m30s -05°51' Virgo -12.2 30'32"0
Mars 12h40m30s -04°14' Virgo -0.4 11"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 114° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 07 June 2014
Sunrise
05:12
Sunset
21:04
Twilight ends
--:--
Twilight begins
02:16

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

70%

10 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:24 14:18 22:12
Venus 03:40 10:43 17:47
Moon 15:15 20:51 01:59
Mars 15:00 20:45 02:33
Jupiter 07:49 15:38 23:28
Saturn 18:12 23:08 04:08
All times shown in PDT.

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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11 Jul 2015  –  Mars at apogee

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