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.
From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:54 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 31° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 18:24, 35° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 22:52, when they sink below 7° 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 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|
8 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.
|16 Sep 2018||– Mars at perihelion|
|25 Aug 2019||– Mars at aphelion|
|28 Aug 2019||– Mars at apogee|
|02 Sep 2019||– Mars at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.