The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 7'57" to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 5 days old.
The Moon will be at mag -11.0, and Mars at mag 1.5, both in the constellation Taurus.
The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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:
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 58° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
The sky on 17 Apr 2021
|The sky on 17 April 2021
5 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.
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The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.