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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°28' of each other. The Moon will be 4 days old.

From Seattle, the pair will become visible around 21:25 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 27 minutes after the Sun at 00:26.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.9; 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 08h40m40s +20°08' Cancer -10.9 32'23"7
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 51° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 07 June 2019
Sunrise
05:12
Sunset
21:03
Twilight ends
--:--
Twilight begins
02:16

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

18%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:19 14:29 22:39
Venus 04:20 11:51 19:22
Moon 09:58 17:27 00:13
Mars 07:09 15:09 23:09
Jupiter 21:02 01:23 05:40
Saturn 23:06 03:30 07:51
All times shown in PDT.

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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Seattle

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47.61°N
122.33°W
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