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Conjunction of Mars and Pluto

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Mars and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 3°45' to the south of 134340 Pluto.

From Cambridge, the pair will become visible around 17:08 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 21° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 32 minutes after the Sun at 19:58.

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Mars will be at mag 0.9, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.0, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

The pair 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 Mars and 134340 Pluto 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
Mars 18h49m20s -24°26' Sagittarius 0.9 5"4
134340 Pluto 18h49m20s -20°40' Sagittarius 15.0 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 53° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 10 November 2014
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

18-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


18 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:05 10:29 15:54
Venus 06:50 11:45 16:41
Moon 20:02 02:24 09:38
Mars 10:49 15:15 19:41
Jupiter 22:58 06:02 13:02
Saturn 07:00 11:58 16:56
All times shown in EST.


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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