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

Close approach of the Moon and M44

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The Moon and M44 will make a close approach, passing within 0°39' of each other. The Moon will be 22 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible at around 00:48, when they rise 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 07:11, 70° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight at around 07:18, 70° above your southern horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.0, and M44 at mag 3.1, both in the constellation Cancer.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 M44 around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 08h39m50s +19°01' Cancer -12.0 32'15"6
M44 08h40m20s +19°40' Cancer 3.1 95'00"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 90° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 31 October 2018
Sunrise
07:35
Sunset
18:09
Twilight ends
19:40
Twilight begins
06:04

22-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

50%

22 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:36 14:20 19:04
Venus 07:05 12:13 17:21
Moon 23:48 06:58 14:09
Mars 14:58 20:05 01:13
Jupiter 09:15 14:13 19:12
Saturn 12:06 16:49 21:33
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.

Image credit

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

Ashburn

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Longitude:
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39.04°N
77.49°W
EDT

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