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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 1°12' to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 1 days old.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 7° above the horizon at dusk.

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The Moon will be at mag -8.3, and Saturn at mag 0.5, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

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 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 19h29m00s -23°00' Sagittarius -8.3 30'40"3
Saturn 19h29m00s -21°48' Sagittarius 0.5 15"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 15° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 27 December 2019
Sunrise
07:17
Sunset
16:30
Twilight ends
18:10
Twilight begins
05:37

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

1%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:48 11:19 15:49
Venus 09:28 14:18 19:08
Moon 08:36 13:14 17:51
Mars 04:08 09:02 13:57
Jupiter 07:18 11:54 16:29
Saturn 08:18 12:59 17:41
All times shown in EST.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

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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