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The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Conjunction between the Moon and Saturn

Mon, 04 Aug 2014 at04:30 MDT(389 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.

From Washington (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 20:54 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 35° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 25 minutes after the Sun at 01:00.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.0, and Saturn at mag 1.0, both in the constellation Libra.

At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.

The precise 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 1.0 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 4 August 2014
Sunrise: 06:40
Sunset: 20:37
Twilight from 05:00
until 22:18
All times shown in MDT.

9-day old moon
Age of Moon:
9 days

RiseCulm.Set
Mercury06:1613:2320:30
Venus04:5512:1019:24
Moon15:0120:1400:43
Mars13:3118:5000:11
Jupiter06:0113:0720:12
Saturn14:2119:3901:00

Source

The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405 ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The positions of deep sky objects in conjunctions are taken from the NGC2000.0 catalogue.

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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.