|Mon, 04 Aug 2014 at||04:30 MDT||(787 days ago)|
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
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 0.2, 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 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|
All times shown in MDT.
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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|23 May 2015, 19:22 MDT||– Saturn at opposition|
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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.