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 Mars

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 at23:19 EST(210 days away)
04:19 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°59' to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 9 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:14 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 33° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 18:40, 37° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 23:12, when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon.

The Moon will be at mag -11.9, and Mars at mag -0.3, both in the constellation Aquarius.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 Moon 22h10m20s -14°03' Aquarius -11.9 29'38"8
Mars 22h10m20s -13°04' Aquarius -0.3 10"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 96° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 15 November 2018
Sunrise
06:51
Sunset
16:55
Twilight ends
18:27
Twilight begins
05:19

8-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

55%

8 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:40 13:16 17:52
Venus 04:35 10:01 15:28
Moon 13:18 18:30 23:43
Mars 13:20 18:39 23:59
Jupiter 07:32 12:28 17:23
Saturn 10:12 14:56 19:40
All times shown in EST.

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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