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Close approach of the Moon and Mars

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The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 1°34' of each other. The Moon will be 2 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 17° above the horizon. They will become visible around 20:37 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 17° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 11 minutes after the Sun at 22:26.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.7; and Mars will be at mag 1.8. Both objects will lie in the constellation Gemini.

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

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Mars 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 06h56m30s +22°23' Gemini -9.7 32'12"5
Mars 06h56m40s +23°57' Gemini 1.8 3"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 28° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 05 June 2019
Sunrise
05:08
Sunset
20:17
Twilight ends
22:27
Twilight begins
02:58

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

6%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:09 13:56 21:43
Venus 04:12 11:24 18:37
Moon 07:24 14:56 22:27
Mars 07:07 14:47 22:26
Jupiter 20:29 01:08 05:43
Saturn 22:32 03:14 07:53
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.

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