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

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 Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 17:37 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 33 minutes after the Sun at 20:31.

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Mars will be at mag 0.9, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.6, 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 14.6 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
Sunrise
06:46
Sunset
16:59
Twilight ends
18:31
Twilight begins
05:14

18-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

84%

18 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:25 10:54 16:22
Venus 07:07 12:10 17:13
Moon 20:36 02:49 09:55
Mars 11:03 15:39 20:16
Jupiter 23:29 06:26 13:20
Saturn 07:17 12:22 17:27
All times shown in EST.

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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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