The Moon and Mercury will make a close approach, passing within a mere 43.5 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 28 days old.
The Moon will be at mag -9.4; and Mercury will be at mag 0.6. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aries.
They will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Mercury 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 24° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 03 June 2016|
28 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.
|09 May 2016||– Transit of Mercury|
|05 Jun 2016||– Mercury at greatest elongation west|
|12 Jun 2016||– Mercury at highest altitude in morning sky|
|31 Jul 2016||– Mercury at highest altitude in evening sky|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.