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Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 6°47' to the north of Mercury. The Moon will be 1 days old.
From Fairfield however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 08:36, until soon before it sets at 18:32. Always take extreme caution when trying to make daytime observations of the Moon while the Sun is above the horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -8.3, and Mercury at mag 1.4, both in the constellation Libra.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.
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 14° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
The sky on 17 Oct 2020
|The sky on 17 October 2020|
1 day old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
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.
|01 Oct 2020||– Mercury at greatest elongation east|
|10 Nov 2020||– Mercury at highest altitude in morning sky|
|10 Nov 2020||– Mercury at greatest elongation west|
|23 Jan 2021||– Mercury at greatest elongation east|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.