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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°12' of each other. The Moon will be 27 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 12° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:04 (EST) – 1 hour and 32 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 12° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:15.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.2; 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 Moon 01h08m50s +06°24' Pisces -10.2 32'37"0
Uranus 01h08m40s +06°37' Pisces 5.9 3"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 35° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 15 May 2015
Sunrise
05:35
Sunset
20:03
Twilight ends
21:57
Twilight begins
03:41

27-day old moon
Waning Crescent

9%

27 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:29 14:04 21:40
Venus 08:14 15:58 23:42
Moon 04:11 10:36 17:02
Mars 06:00 13:22 20:44
Jupiter 11:22 18:29 01:39
Saturn 20:25 01:25 06:20
All times shown in EDT.

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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41.14°N
73.26°W
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