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Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°35' to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 5 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Washington, the pair will become visible around 18:50 (MST) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 22:42.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.3, and Saturn at mag 0.4, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

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 conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 19h06m00s -23°01' Sagittarius -11.3 30'37"1
Saturn 19h06m00s -22°26' Sagittarius 0.4 15"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 65° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 02 November 2019
Sunrise
07:58
Sunset
18:34
Twilight ends
20:03
Twilight begins
06:29

5-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

29%

5 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:30 14:23 19:15
Venus 09:45 14:41 19:38
Moon 13:41 18:31 23:21
Mars 06:15 11:58 17:40
Jupiter 11:30 16:17 21:05
Saturn 13:02 17:52 22:42
All times shown in MDT.

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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