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Conjunction of Mars and Uranus

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Mars and Uranus will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 1°03' to the north of Uranus.

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

From Washington, the pair will become visible around 18:47 (MST) as the dusk sky fades, 52° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:23.

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Mars will be at mag 1.0, and Uranus at mag 5.8, both in the constellation Aries.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Mars and Uranus 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
Mars 01h48m20s +11°40' Aries 1.0 5"7
Uranus 01h48m20s +10°37' Aries 5.8 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 64° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 13 February 2019
Sunrise
07:24
Sunset
18:10
Twilight ends
19:37
Twilight begins
05:56

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

59%

9 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:01 13:32 19:02
Venus 04:52 09:47 14:42
Moon 12:31 19:30 01:27
Mars 10:08 16:47 23:26
Jupiter 03:24 08:15 13:05
Saturn 05:17 10:09 15:01
All times shown in MST.

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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