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Conjunction of Mars and Ceres

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Mars and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 7°18' to the south of 1 Ceres.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 20:51 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:19.

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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
Mars 13h46m00s -11°55' Virgo 0.3 8"2
1 Ceres 13h46m00s -04°37' Virgo 8.7 0"0

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
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:23 11:51 19:19
Venus 03:44 11:14 18:44
Moon 03:57 11:08 18:20
Mars 13:09 18:30 23:50
Jupiter 05:41 12:59 20:17
Saturn 14:30 19:41 00:55
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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