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Close approach of the Moon and M44

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The Moon and M44 will make a close approach, passing within 0°04' of each other. The Moon will be 8 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:02 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 70° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:23, 70° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 02:50, when they sink below 8° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.2; 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 Moon 08h40m20s +19°44' Cancer -12.2 32'20"6
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 103° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 13 April 2019
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Twilight begins

8-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


8 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:41 11:32 17:22
Venus 05:27 11:14 17:02
Moon 13:23 20:33 02:53
Mars 08:48 16:11 23:34
Jupiter 00:36 05:20 10:04
Saturn 02:23 07:12 12:00
All times shown in EDT.


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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