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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°34' of each other. The Moon will be 24 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:35 (EST) – 3 hours and 47 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 36° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:00.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.5, 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 00h57m40s +07°08' Pisces -11.5 31'27"4
Uranus 00h59m40s +05°39' Pisces 5.9 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 73° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 20 June 2014
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Twilight begins

23-day old moon
Waning Crescent


23 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:33 12:49 20:04
Venus 03:28 10:35 17:43
Moon 01:06 07:24 13:41
Mars 14:07 19:49 01:35
Jupiter 07:17 14:42 22:06
Saturn 16:47 21:57 03:12
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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