Dominic Ford, Editor
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Saturn and 1 Ceres will make a close approach, passing within 0°25' of each other.
From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 12° above the horizon. They will become visible around 19:04 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 54 minutes after the Sun at 20:23.
Saturn will be at mag 0.5; and 1 Ceres will be at mag 9.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Libra.
They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Saturn and 1 Ceres around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the pair 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 39° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
|The sky on 04 October 2014|
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All times shown in EDT.
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.
|15 Apr 2014||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|10 Dec 2014||– 1 Ceres at solar conjunction|
|25 Jul 2015||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|08 Jan 2016||– 1 Ceres at aphelion|