The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 0°26' of each other. The Moon will be 11 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:48 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:48, 34° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:13, when they sink below 8° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.3, 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.

At around the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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 closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 14h58m40s -14°59' Libra -12.3 31'29"3
Saturn 14h59m00s -14°33' Libra 0.2 17"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 120° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 07 July 2014
Sunrise
05:26
Sunset
20:27
Twilight ends
22:32
Twilight begins
03:21

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

75%

10 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:16 11:32 18:48
Venus 03:29 10:53 18:17
Moon 15:34 20:44 01:17
Mars 13:34 19:06 00:41
Jupiter 06:29 13:50 21:12
Saturn 15:37 20:48 02:03
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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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Fairfield

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41.14°N
73.26°W
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