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Conjunction of Uranus and Ceres

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Uranus and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Uranus passing 9°15' to the north of 1 Ceres.

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 8° above the horizon at dawn.

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Uranus will be at mag 5.9 in the constellation Pisces, and 1 Ceres at mag 9.3 in the neighbouring constellation of Cetus.

A graph of the angular separation between Uranus and 1 Ceres 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
Uranus 01h27m10s +08°29' Pisces 5.9 3"4
1 Ceres 01h27m10s -00°45' Cetus 9.3 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 56° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 09 June 2016
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:14 11:16 18:17
Venus 05:24 12:55 20:27
Moon 10:21 17:09 23:57
Mars 18:24 23:09 03:58
Jupiter 12:15 18:44 01:16
Saturn 19:35 00:27 05:14
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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31 Jan 2018  –  1 Ceres at opposition

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