Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 2°08' of each other. The Moon will be 19 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 00:06, when they rise to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 04:15, 32° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:26, 24° above your south-western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.4, and Saturn at mag 0.1, both in the constellation Scorpius.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the two objects 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 133° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
|The sky on 08 April 2015|
19 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
|10 May 2014||– Saturn at opposition|
|22 May 2015||– Saturn at opposition|
|03 Jun 2016||– Saturn at opposition|
|15 Jun 2017||– Saturn at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.