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

Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°44' to the south of Mercury. The Moon will be 28 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 6° above the horizon at dawn.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.4, and Mercury at mag 0.6, both in the constellation Aries.

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 03h11m10s +13°13' Aries -9.4 33'04"2
Mercury 03h11m10s +13°58' Aries 0.6 8"5

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
Sunrise
05:20
Sunset
20:19
Twilight ends
22:24
Twilight begins
03:16

28-day old moon
Waning Crescent

4%

28 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:21 11:14 18:08
Venus 05:19 12:46 20:13
Moon 04:34 11:27 18:21
Mars 18:55 23:39 04:28
Jupiter 12:35 19:04 01:37
Saturn 20:00 00:51 05:38
All times shown in EDT.

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.

Fairfield

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