Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°57' to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 20 days old.
The Moon will be at mag -12.0, and Mars at mag -0.7, both in the constellation Cetus.
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 Mars 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 102° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.
|The sky on 11 July 2020|
20 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.
|02 Sep 2019||– Mars at solar conjunction|
|03 Aug 2020||– Mars at perihelion|
|06 Oct 2020||– Mars at perigee|
|13 Oct 2020||– Mars at opposition|