|Sat, 22 Apr 2017 at||19:28 MDT||(8 days ago)|
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
Mercury and 136199 Eris will share the same right ascension, with Mercury passing 13°58' to the north of 136199 Eris.
From Washington (click to change) however, the pair will not be readily observable since they will be very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 15° from it.
A graph of the angular separation between Mercury 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 4° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.
|The sky on 22 April 2017|
All times shown in MDT.
Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.
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.
|12 Apr 2017, 16:12 MDT||– 136199 Eris at solar conjunction|
|16 Oct 2017, 05:39 MDT||– 136199 Eris at opposition|
|13 Apr 2018, 03:36 MDT||– 136199 Eris at solar conjunction|
|16 Oct 2018, 16:58 MDT||– 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.