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Close approach of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 0°13' of each other. The Moon will be 14 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:38 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 8° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:21, 25° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 04:01, when they sink below 7° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.5, and Saturn at mag 0.1, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

The pair 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 two objects 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 19h11m10s -22°20' Sagittarius -12.5 30'04"1
Saturn 19h11m10s -22°07' Sagittarius 0.1 18"3

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 July 2019
Sunrise
05:21
Sunset
20:19
Twilight ends
22:25
Twilight begins
03:15

14-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

99%

14 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:17 13:18 20:20
Venus 04:42 12:17 19:51
Moon 20:27 00:14 04:50
Mars 06:38 13:56 21:13
Jupiter 17:26 22:03 02:43
Saturn 19:41 00:21 04:58
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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23 Jan 2021  –  Saturn at solar conjunction

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