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Close approach of the Moon and Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°08' of each other. The Moon will be 14 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible between 18:53 and 06:07. They will become accessible around 18:53, when they rise to an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. They will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:32, 52° above your southern horizon. They will become inaccessible around 06:07 when they sink below 8° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.8; and Uranus will be at mag 5.7. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.

They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Uranus 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 Moon 00h52m10s +06°03' Pisces -12.8 32'40"2
Uranus 00h53m30s +04°59' Pisces 5.7 3"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 179° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 08 October 2014
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14-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


14 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:20 13:27 18:34
Venus 06:26 12:18 18:10
Moon 18:34 00:17 06:37
Mars 12:12 16:38 21:05
Jupiter 01:50 08:55 16:00
Saturn 09:50 14:53 19:55
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.

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