Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
1 Ceres and 136199 Eris will share the same right ascension, with 1 Ceres passing 2°58' to the north of 136199 Eris.
1 Ceres will be at mag 9.2, and 136199 Eris at mag 18.8, both in the constellation Cetus.
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 1 Ceres and 136199 Eris 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 69° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.
|The sky on 25 June 2016|
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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.
|16 Oct 2015||– 136199 Eris at opposition|
|16 Oct 2016||– 136199 Eris at opposition|
|16 Oct 2017||– 136199 Eris at opposition|
|17 Oct 2018||– 136199 Eris at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.