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 Pluto

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The Moon and 134340 Pluto will make a close approach, passing within 0°23' of each other. The Moon will be 5 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 18:24 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 32 minutes after the Sun at 22:38.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.4, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.8, 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 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 19h30m40s -22°46' Sagittarius -11.4 30'25"9
134340 Pluto 19h30m30s -22°22' Sagittarius 14.8 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 71° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 02 November 2019
Sunrise
07:37
Sunset
18:07
Twilight ends
19:38
Twilight begins
06:06

5-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

33%

5 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:12 13:59 18:46
Venus 09:25 14:17 19:09
Moon 13:17 18:01 22:45
Mars 05:52 11:34 17:15
Jupiter 11:11 15:54 20:36
Saturn 12:43 17:28 22:13
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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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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