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 Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°18' of each other. The Moon will be 21 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:32 (EDT) – 5 hours and 50 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 50° 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 -12.1, and Uranus at mag 5.8, 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 00h59m30s +07°01' Pisces -12.1 31'45"8
Uranus 01h01m00s +05°46' Pisces 5.8 3"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 99° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 18 July 2014
Sunrise
05:22
Sunset
20:16
Twilight ends
22:21
Twilight begins
03:17

21-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

57%

21 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 03:56 11:25 18:54
Venus 03:24 10:58 18:31
Moon 23:32 06:01 12:30
Mars 13:10 18:33 23:56
Jupiter 05:45 13:09 20:32
Saturn 14:47 19:56 01:08
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.

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