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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°44' of each other. The Moon will be 23 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:26 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 46° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:57.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.9; and Uranus will be at mag 5.8. 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 01h16m20s +06°34' Pisces -11.9 32'09"6
Uranus 01h15m20s +07°17' Pisces 5.8 3"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 86° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 08 July 2015
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

22-day old moon
Waning Crescent


22 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:05 11:38 19:12
Venus 08:42 15:31 22:21
Moon 00:04 06:19 12:34
Mars 04:41 12:20 20:00
Jupiter 08:22 15:21 22:20
Saturn 16:30 21:25 02:25
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.

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