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

Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°21' to the north of Saturn. The Moon will be 6 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Washington, the pair will become visible at around 20:20 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 27° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 11 minutes after the Sun at 23:13.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.4, and Saturn at mag 0.4, 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.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Saturn 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
The Moon 15h03m50s -14°46' Libra -11.4 30'46"1
Saturn 15h03m50s -15°07' Libra 0.4 16"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 69° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 31 August 2014
Sunrise
07:03
Sunset
20:03
Twilight ends
21:35
Twilight begins
05:31

6-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

32%

6 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:39 14:45 20:52
Venus 05:51 12:40 19:28
Moon 12:53 18:08 23:24
Mars 13:06 18:07 23:09
Jupiter 04:43 11:44 18:45
Saturn 12:41 17:57 23:13
All times shown in MDT.

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.

Washington

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37.13°N
113.51°W
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