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Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°26' to the north of Saturn. The Moon will be 12 days old.

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

From Seattle, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 21:27 (PST) as the dusk sky fades, 21° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:07, 22° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:37, when they sink below 8° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.4, and Saturn at mag 0.1, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit 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 Saturn 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 16h35m10s -16°50' Ophiuchus -12.4 29'54"9
Saturn 16h35m10s -20°17' Ophiuchus 0.1 17"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 135° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 15 July 2016
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

11-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


11 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:14 13:58 21:43
Venus 06:21 14:01 21:41
Moon 17:21 22:08 02:18
Mars 16:37 20:58 01:23
Jupiter 10:27 16:55 23:22
Saturn 17:39 22:07 02:40
All times shown in PDT.


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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