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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°43' to the north of Saturn. The Moon will be 4 days old.

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

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 16° above the horizon. They will become visible around 18:55 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 16° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 4 minutes after the Sun at 20:41.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.6, and Saturn at mag 0.4, both in the constellation Libra.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will 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 15h12m30s -15°05' Libra -10.6 30'44"7
Saturn 15h12m30s -15°49' Libra 0.4 15"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 45° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 28 September 2014
Sunrise
06:45
Sunset
18:40
Twilight ends
20:12
Twilight begins
05:13

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

14%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:01 14:11 19:21
Venus 06:09 12:19 18:29
Moon 11:06 16:10 21:14
Mars 12:20 16:55 21:29
Jupiter 02:31 09:35 16:39
Saturn 10:30 15:35 20:41
All times shown in EDT.

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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