The Moon and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 2°46' to the south of Mercury. The Moon will be 2 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. They will become visible around 20:41 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 13° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 44 minutes after the Sun at 22:05.
The Moon will be at mag -8.8, and Mercury at mag -0.5, both in the constellation Taurus.
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 19° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 24 May 2020|
2 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
|10 May 2020||– Mercury at perihelion|
|29 May 2020||– Mercury at dichotomy|
|03 Jun 2020||– Mercury reaches highest point in evening sky|
|04 Jun 2020||– Mercury at greatest elongation east|