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 Pluto

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The Moon and 134340 Pluto will make a close approach, passing within 0°16' of each other. The Moon will be 23 days old.

From Washington, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:53 (MDT) – 3 hours and 30 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 26° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:06.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.5, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.8, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

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 134340 Pluto 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 19h39m10s -21°25' Sagittarius -11.5 29'42"2
134340 Pluto 19h39m20s -21°42' Sagittarius 14.8 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 75° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 29 March 2019
Sunrise
07:23
Sunset
19:52
Twilight ends
21:20
Twilight begins
05:55

23-day old moon
Waning Crescent

37%

23 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:27 12:14 18:00
Venus 05:59 11:28 16:57
Moon 03:57 08:51 13:45
Mars 09:41 16:51 00:02
Jupiter 01:51 06:40 11:30
Saturn 03:37 08:31 13:24
All times shown in MDT.

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.

Washington

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37.13°N
113.51°W
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