1,286 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and M44 will make a close approach, passing within a mere 42.5 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 25 days old.
From Ashburn however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 02:27, until soon before it sets at 16:48.
The Moon will be at mag -11.0; and M44 will be at mag 3.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Cancer.
They will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 54° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
The sky on 24 Sep 2019
|The sky on 24 September 2019|
25 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.
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.