1,167 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 44' to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 24 days old.
At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.
From Fairfield however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 03:59, until soon before it sets at 13:17.
The Moon will be at mag -11.3, and Mars at mag 0.9, 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 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 66° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
The sky on 18 Mar 2020
|The sky on 18 March 2020|
24 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.
|31 Jul 2018||– Mars at perigee|
|23 Aug 2020||– Mars 2020: a great chance to see the red planet|
|06 Oct 2020||– Mars at perigee|
|13 Oct 2020||– Mars at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.