Mercury and Uranus will share the same right ascension, with Mercury passing 2°13' to the south of Uranus.
Mercury will be at mag 1.3, and Uranus at mag 5.9, both in the constellation Pisces.
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 Mercury and Uranus 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 22° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.
|The sky on 07 May 2017|
11 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.
|14 Apr 2017||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|19 Oct 2017||– Uranus at opposition|
|18 Apr 2018||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|23 Oct 2018||– Uranus at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.