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Close approach of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 0°04' of each other. The Moon will be 9 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will become visible around 20:19 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 29° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:59.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.0; and Saturn will be at mag 0.3. Both objects will lie in the constellation Libra.

They 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 pair 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 pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 14h59m00s -14°45' Libra -12.0 31'04"1
Saturn 14h59m10s -14°41' Libra 0.3 16"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 94° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at this time of year.

The sky on 04 August 2014
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


9 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:13 12:34 19:55
Venus 03:51 11:21 18:51
Moon 14:16 19:19 00:22
Mars 12:52 18:01 23:11
Jupiter 04:59 12:18 19:38
Saturn 13:43 18:51 23:59
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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