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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°53' of each other. The Moon will be 11 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:35 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:40, 53° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 02:22, when they sink below 8° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.6, and Uranus at mag 5.8, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 01h04m00s +05°08' Pisces -12.6 32'50"9
Uranus 01h02m50s +05°59' Pisces 5.8 3"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 136° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 22 November 2015
Sunrise
06:42
Sunset
16:16
Twilight ends
17:55
Twilight begins
05:03

11-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

86%

11 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:01 11:41 16:20
Venus 02:50 08:38 14:26
Moon 14:32 20:57 02:12
Mars 02:02 08:02 14:02
Jupiter 00:42 07:03 13:25
Saturn 07:11 11:58 16:45
All times shown in EST.

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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