1,143 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°06' to the south of Mercury. The Moon will be 28 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 0° above the horizon at dawn.
The Moon will be at mag -8.2 in the constellation Cetus, and Mercury at mag -0.8 in the neighbouring constellation of Pisces.
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 Mercury 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 15° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.
The sky on 21 Apr 2020
|The sky on 21 April 2020|
28 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
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.
|23 Mar 2020||– Mercury at greatest elongation west|
|01 Jun 2020||– Mercury at highest altitude in evening sky|
|04 Jun 2020||– Mercury at greatest elongation east|
|22 Jul 2020||– Mercury at greatest elongation west|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.