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

Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury

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The Moon and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°52' to the north of Mercury. The Moon will be 1 days old.

From San Diego however, the pair will not be readily observable since they will be very close to the Sun, at a separation of only 13° from it.

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The Moon will be at mag -7.8, and Mercury at mag 3.3, both in the constellation Gemini.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible 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 Moon 06h59m00s 24°05'N Gemini -7.8 31'05"4
Mercury 06h59m00s 20°12'N Gemini 3.3 11"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 12° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 22 Jun 2020

The sky on 22 June 2020
Sunrise
05:39
Sunset
19:59
Twilight ends
21:42
Twilight begins
03:57

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

2%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:43 13:41 20:38
Venus 04:07 10:58 17:49
Moon 06:51 14:15 21:36
Mars 00:43 06:35 12:27
Jupiter 21:26 02:31 07:35
Saturn 21:46 02:54 08:02
All times shown in PDT.

Warning

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.

Source

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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