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

Close approach of Mars and Uranus

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 at18:51 EST(29 days ago)
23:51 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Mars and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 0°34' of each other.

From Newark (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 18:26 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 32° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 38 minutes after the Sun at 21:21.

Mars will be at mag 1.3, and Uranus at mag 5.9, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

At around the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between Mars and Uranus around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Mars 01h20m20s +08°28' Pisces 1.3 4"6
Uranus 01h21m20s +07°57' Pisces 5.9 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 43° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 26 February 2017
Sunrise: 06:33
Sunset: 17:43
Twilight
from 05:02
until 19:14

29-day old moon
Age of Moon:
29 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:28 11:45 17:02
Venus 07:25 14:05 20:44
Moon 06:41 12:13 17:45
Mars 08:16 14:49 21:21
Jupiter 21:13 02:55 08:33
Saturn 02:33 07:14 11:56

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.

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