The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 4°33' to the north of Mars. The Moon will be 24 days old.
The Moon will be at mag -11.2, and Mars at mag 1.4, both in the constellation Libra.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Mars 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 61° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 11 January 2018|
24 days old
All times shown in EST.
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.
|07 Oct 2017||– Mars at aphelion|
|27 Jul 2018||– Mars at opposition|
|31 Jul 2018||– Mars at perigee|
|16 Sep 2018||– Mars at perihelion|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.