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 Mars

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The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 7°48' to the north of Mars. The Moon will be 10 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:53 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 29° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:01, 29° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:01, when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.2, and Mars at mag -1.1, both in the constellation Libra.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Mars 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 15h24m40s -13°44' Libra -12.2 29'38"9
Mars 15h24m40s -21°33' Libra -1.1 14"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 119° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 14 July 2016
Sunrise
05:55
Sunset
20:34
Twilight ends
22:28
Twilight begins
04:00

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

74%

10 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:34 13:53 21:12
Venus 06:44 13:59 21:14
Moon 15:59 21:14 01:54
Mars 16:13 21:01 01:53
Jupiter 10:37 16:58 23:19
Saturn 17:18 22:11 03:09
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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
EST

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