Dominic Ford, Editor
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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 Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:22 (EDT) – 1 hour and 35 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 13° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:37.
The Moon will be at mag -10.2, and Uranus at mag 5.9, both in the constellation Pisces.
The pair 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 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 35° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 15 May 2015|
27 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.
|07 Oct 2014||– Uranus at opposition|
|11 Oct 2015||– Uranus at opposition|
|15 Oct 2016||– Uranus at opposition|
|19 Oct 2017||– Uranus at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.