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Close approach of the Moon and Pluto

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The Moon and 134340 Pluto will make a close approach, passing within 0°03' of each other. The Moon will be 10 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:33 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 22° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:13, 26° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:01, when they sink below 7° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.3; and 134340 Pluto will be at mag 15.1. 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 through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and 134340 Pluto 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 19h30m10s -22°16' Sagittarius -12.3 29'55"3
134340 Pluto 19h30m10s -22°19' Sagittarius 15.1 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 124° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 08 September 2019
Sunrise
06:26
Sunset
19:15
Twilight ends
20:51
Twilight begins
04:50

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

78%

9 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:46 13:08 19:31
Venus 07:00 13:18 19:36
Moon 16:28 21:07 00:55
Mars 06:15 12:44 19:14
Jupiter 14:00 18:40 23:19
Saturn 16:03 20:42 01:25
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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