Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 0°17' of each other. The Moon will be 3 days old.
From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 17:52 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 34° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 28 minutes after the Sun at 21:01.
The Moon will be at mag -10.5; and Uranus will be at mag 5.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Pisces.
They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 41° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 February 2015|
3 days old
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.
|07 Oct 2014||– Uranus at opposition|
|06 Apr 2015||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|11 Oct 2015||– Uranus at opposition|
|09 Apr 2016||– Uranus at solar conjunction|