The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 2°38' of each other. The Moon will be 18 days old.

From San Diego , the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 23:43, when they reach an altitude of 10° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 03:52, 37° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:07, 34° above your southern horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.5; and Saturn will be at mag 0.2. Both objects will lie in the constellation Capricornus.

They 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.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 20h14m40s 22°42'S Capricornus -12.5 31'01"3
Saturn 20h13m00s 20°05'S Capricornus 0.2 17"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 137° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 8 Jun 2020

The sky on 8 June 2020
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17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


17 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:17 14:26 21:35
Venus 05:11 12:12 19:13
Moon 22:08 03:14 08:20
Mars 01:13 06:57 12:41
Jupiter 22:26 03:31 08:36
Saturn 22:44 03:52 09:01
All times shown in PDT.


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.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.


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