Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
Mars and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 7°18' to the south of 1 Ceres.
Mars will be at mag 0.3, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.7, both in the constellation Virgo.
A graph of the angular separation between Mars and 1 Ceres 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 87° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at this time of year.
|The sky on 24 July 2014|
27 days old
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.
|15 Apr 2014||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|25 Jul 2015||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|21 Oct 2016||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|31 Jan 2018||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.