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

Conjunction of Mercury and Eris

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Mercury and 136199 Eris will share the same right ascension, with Mercury passing 9°46' to the north of 136199 Eris.

From Cambridge however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be 4° below the horizon at dawn.

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Mercury will be at mag -0.1 in the constellation Pisces, and 136199 Eris at mag 18.8 in the neighbouring constellation of Cetus.

A graph of the angular separation between Mercury and 136199 Eris 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
Mercury 01h44m20s +07°45' Pisces -0.1 6"5
136199 Eris 01h44m20s -02°00' Cetus 18.8 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 23° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.

The sky on 11 May 2018
Sunrise
05:26
Sunset
19:53
Twilight ends
21:48
Twilight begins
03:30

25-day old moon
Waning Crescent

16%

25 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:39 11:10 17:42
Venus 07:02 14:44 22:25
Moon 03:44 09:34 15:23
Mars 00:53 05:28 10:04
Jupiter 19:24 00:31 05:34
Saturn 23:24 04:04 08:40
All times shown in EDT.

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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