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

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed

Please wait
Loading 0/4
Click and drag to rotate
Mouse wheel to zoom in/out
Touch with mouse to dismiss
The sky at

The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°47' to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 5 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will become visible around 19:00 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 48° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:33.

Begin typing the name of a town near to you, and then select the town from the list of options which appear below.

The Moon will be at mag -10.9, and Mars at mag 1.3, both in the constellation Aries.

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

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 02h55m30s +11°44' Aries -10.9 30'30"7
Mars 02h55m30s +17°31' Aries 1.3 5"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 54° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 11 March 2019
Sunrise
07:02
Sunset
18:44
Twilight ends
20:17
Twilight begins
05:29

5-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

20%

5 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:00 13:10 19:21
Venus 05:26 10:24 15:21
Moon 09:49 16:40 23:31
Mars 09:13 16:24 23:34
Jupiter 02:23 06:57 11:31
Saturn 04:09 08:48 13:26
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.

Related news

27 Jul 2018  –  Mars at opposition
13 Oct 2020  –  Mars at opposition
08 Dec 2022  –  Mars at opposition
15 Jan 2025  –  Mars at opposition

Image credit

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

Cambridge

Latitude:
Longitude:
Timezone:

42.38°N
71.11°W
EDT

Color scheme