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

Conjunction of the Moon and Mars

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 4°20' to the north of Mars. The Moon will be 27 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:23 (EDT) – 2 hours and 26 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:29.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.9, and Mars at mag 1.7, both in the constellation Virgo.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit 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 Mars 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 14h04m20s -07°32' Virgo -9.9 32'30"8
Mars 14h04m20s -11°53' Virgo 1.7 3"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 30° from the Sun, which is in Scorpius at this time of year.

The sky on 24 November 2019
Sunrise
06:49
Sunset
16:27
Twilight ends
18:04
Twilight begins
05:12

27-day old moon
Waning Crescent

6%

27 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:07 10:23 15:39
Venus 09:02 13:31 18:00
Moon 04:23 09:57 15:31
Mars 04:24 09:44 15:05
Jupiter 08:55 13:30 18:05
Saturn 10:13 14:53 19:33
All times shown in EST.

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.

Fairfield

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