Mars and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 0°01' to the south of 134340 Pluto.
From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:54 (EST) – 2 hours and 57 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 18° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:13.
Mars will be at mag 0.9, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.1, 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 Mars and 134340 Pluto 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 68° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
|The sky on 23 March 2020|
29 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.
|13 Jan 2020||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
|15 Jul 2020||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|14 Jan 2021||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
|18 Jul 2021||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.