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 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 Washington, the pair will become visible at around 21:07 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 36° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 34 minutes after the Sun at 00:20.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.9, and M44 at mag 3.1, both in the constellation Cancer.

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 M44 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 08h40m40s +20°08' Cancer -10.9 32'23"7
M44 08h40m20s +19°40' Cancer 3.1 95'00"0

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
06:12
Sunset
20:50
Twilight ends
22:41
Twilight begins
04:21

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

18%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:25 14:53 22:21
Venus 05:12 12:15 19:17
Moon 10:47 17:49 00:02
Mars 08:11 15:33 22:54
Jupiter 20:52 01:47 06:37
Saturn 22:57 03:54 08:47
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.

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
MDT

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