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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°09' of each other. The Moon will be 9 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:45 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 33° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:58, 53° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:34, when they sink below 8° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.5; and Uranus will be at mag 5.8. 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 00h45m40s +05°25' Pisces -12.5 31'57"9
Uranus 00h47m00s +04°19' Pisces 5.8 3"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 123° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.

The sky on 01 December 2014
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


9 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:43 11:26 16:09
Venus 07:47 12:22 16:57
Moon 13:37 20:00 01:16
Mars 10:30 15:10 19:51
Jupiter 21:52 04:53 11:49
Saturn 05:55 10:54 15:52
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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