The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°14' of each other. The Moon will be 15 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 19:42, when they reach an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 01:54, 66° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 07:10, 18° above your western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.5; and Uranus will be at mag 5.7. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aries.
They 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 Uranus 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 165° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 October 2021|
15 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.
|30 Apr 2021||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|04 Nov 2021||– Uranus at opposition|
|05 May 2022||– Uranus at solar conjunction|
|09 Nov 2022||– Uranus at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.