|Thu, 21 Sep 2017 at||08:18 EDT||(4 days ago)|
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and 136472 Makemake will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 26°00' to the south of 136472 Makemake. The Moon will be 1 days old.
From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 19:23 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 23° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 27 minutes after the Sun at 21:33.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and 136472 Makemake 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|
|136472 Makemake||12h58m00s||+24°09'||Coma Berenices||17.0||0"0|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 16° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 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.
|23 Mar 2017, 04:02 EDT||– 136472 Makemake at opposition|
|26 Sep 2017, 03:04 EDT||– 136472 Makemake at solar conjunction|
|24 Mar 2018, 10:04 EDT||– 136472 Makemake at opposition|
|27 Sep 2018, 09:29 EDT||– 136472 Makemake at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.