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 Pluto

Thu, 28 Sep 2017 at23:03 EDT(3 days away)
03:03 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 2°27' to the north of 134340 Pluto. The Moon will be 9 days old.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 19:14 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:49, 29° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 23:45, when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon.

The Moon will be at mag -12.0, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.7, 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 Moon 19h11m40s -19°19' Sagittarius -12.0 29'41"9
134340 Pluto 19h11m40s -21°47' Sagittarius 14.7 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 100° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 28 September 2017
Sunrise 07:02
Sunset 18:56
Twilight ends
20:25
Twilight begins
05:33

8-day old moon
Age of Moon
8 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:20 12:32 18:44
Venus 04:56 11:28 18:00
Moon 14:46 19:42 00:39
Mars 05:17 11:44 18:10
Jupiter 08:50 14:21 19:53
Saturn 13:17 18:03 22:49

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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39.04°N
77.49°W
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