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Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within a mere 13.3 arcminutes of each other. From some parts of the world, the Moon will pass in front of Saturn, creating a lunar occultation. The Moon will be 14 days old.
From Cambridge however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 19:44, until soon before it sets at 04:57.
The Moon will be at mag -12.5; and Saturn will be at mag 0.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Sagittarius.
They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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 Saturn 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 173° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.
The sky on 16 Jul 2019
|The sky on 16 July 2019|
14 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.
|09 Jul 2019||– Saturn at opposition|
|20 Jul 2020||– Saturn at opposition|
|02 Aug 2021||– Saturn at opposition|
|14 Aug 2022||– Saturn at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.