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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 0°35' of each other. The Moon will be 5 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 17:17 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 51° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 22:41.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.5; and Uranus will be at mag 5.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.

They will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 00h47m30s +05°02' Pisces -11.5 32'19"9
Uranus 00h48m20s +04°29' Pisces 5.9 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 67° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 25 January 2015
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

5-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


5 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:30 12:43 17:56
Venus 08:22 13:36 18:49
Moon 10:18 16:45 23:11
Mars 08:50 14:23 19:56
Jupiter 17:58 01:04 08:05
Saturn 02:46 07:40 12:35
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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