The Moon and M44 will make a close approach, passing within a mere 9.2 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 11 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:34 (EST), 51° above your eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 22:08, 70° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 04:31, when they sink below 7° above your western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.6; and M44 will be at mag 3.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Cancer.
They 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 pair at the moment of closest approach 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 130° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
|The sky on 17 March 2019|
11 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.