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

Conjunction of the Moon and Ceres

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 at17:56 EDT(10 days ago)
21:56 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°14' to the south of 1 Ceres. The Moon will be 25 days old.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:02 (EDT) – 4 hours and 50 minutes before the Sun – and reach an altitude of 49° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:35.

The Moon will be at mag -11.0 in the constellation Cancer, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.9 in the neighbouring constellation of Gemini.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and 1 Ceres 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 07h57m50s +18°20' Cancer -11.0 32'10"4
1 Ceres 07h57m50s +23°34' Gemini 8.9 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 55° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 15 September 2017
Sunrise 06:50
Sunset 19:17
Twilight ends
20:48
Twilight begins
05:19

25-day old moon
Age of Moon
25 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:23 12:01 18:38
Venus 04:28 11:18 18:08
Moon 01:59 09:06 16:14
Mars 05:27 12:04 18:41
Jupiter 09:27 15:02 20:37
Saturn 14:05 18:52 23:38

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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