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

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 at06:30 EDT(858 days ago)
10:30 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 Newark (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 20:26 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 31° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 11 minutes after the Sun at 00:17.

The Moon will be at mag -12.0, 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.

The positions of the Moon and Saturn 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 0.2 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
Sunrise: 05:55
Sunset: 20:08
Twilight
from 04:06
until 21:57

9-day old moon
Age of Moon:
9 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:29 12:45 20:01
Venus 04:08 11:32 18:57
Moon 14:24 19:31 00:37
Mars 13:00 18:12 23:25
Jupiter 05:15 12:30 19:45
Saturn 13:51 19:02 00:17

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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