Mars and 1 Ceres will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 7°56' to the north of 1 Ceres.
From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 02:13 (EST) – 3 hours and 12 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 22° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:50.
Mars will be at mag -0.0, and 1 Ceres at mag 9.1, both in the constellation Aquarius.
A graph of the angular separation between Mars and 1 Ceres 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 88° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 31 May 2020|
9 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||– 1 Ceres at solar conjunction|
|17 Aug 2020||– 1 Ceres at aphelion|
|28 Aug 2020||– 1 Ceres at opposition|
|07 Apr 2021||– 1 Ceres at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.