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°16' of each other. The Moon will be 14 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:06 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 24° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:58, 70° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 05:25, when they sink below 8° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.8, and M44 at mag 3.1, both in the constellation Cancer.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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 08h40m10s +19°24' Cancer -12.8 33'20"2
M44 08h40m20s +19°40' Cancer 3.1 94'59"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 158° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 17 February 2019
Sunrise
06:58
Sunset
17:47
Twilight ends
19:17
Twilight begins
05:28

13-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

96%

13 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:38 13:17 18:56
Venus 04:36 09:27 14:18
Moon 15:49 22:59 05:14
Mars 09:33 16:18 23:03
Jupiter 02:53 07:38 12:23
Saturn 04:44 09:31 14:18
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.

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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39.04°N
77.49°W
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