The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°38' of each other. The Moon will be 4 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible at around 17:58 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 45° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 29 minutes after the Sun at 22:08.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.1, and Uranus at mag 5.9, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit 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 01h06m40s +04°39' Pisces -11.1 32'39"4
Uranus 01h04m40s +06°14' Pisces 5.9 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 54° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 12 February 2016
Sunrise
07:04
Sunset
17:41
Twilight ends
19:11
Twilight begins
05:34

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

20%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:50 10:42 15:34
Venus 05:35 10:25 15:15
Moon 09:39 16:01 22:23
Mars 00:47 05:55 11:02
Jupiter 19:49 02:12 08:31
Saturn 02:45 07:36 12:27
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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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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