|Fri, 01 Sep 2017 at||15:06 EDT||(24 days ago)|
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 2°31' to the north of 134340 Pluto. The Moon will be 11 days old.
From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 19:56 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:36, 29° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:36, when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.3, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.6, both in the constellation Sagittarius.
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 the Moon and 134340 Pluto 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 127° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.
|The sky on 01 September 2017|
All times shown in EDT.
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.
|10 Jul 2017, 00:10 EDT||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|09 Jan 2018, 04:26 EST||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
|12 Jul 2018, 05:41 EDT||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|11 Jan 2019, 06:33 EST||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.