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

Conjunction of Mercury and Neptune

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Mercury and Neptune will share the same right ascension, with Mercury passing 3°24' to the north of Neptune.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be readily observable since they will be very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 14° from it.

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Mercury will be at mag 2.8 in the constellation Pisces, and Neptune at mag 8.0 in the neighbouring constellation of Aquarius.

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 Mercury and Neptune 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
Mercury 23h11m40s -02°49' Pisces 2.8 10"8
Neptune 23h11m40s -06°13' Aquarius 8.0 2"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 13° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 22 March 2019
Sunrise
06:52
Sunset
19:05
Twilight ends
20:38
Twilight begins
05:19

16-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

97%

16 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:11 12:04 17:57
Venus 05:28 10:42 15:56
Moon 21:22 02:07 08:02
Mars 09:03 16:19 23:35
Jupiter 01:48 06:26 11:04
Saturn 03:34 08:16 12:58
All times shown in EDT.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

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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Image credit

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

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