The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°41' to the north of Mars. The Moon will be 29 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 05:42 (EST) – 1 hour and 26 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 10° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:50.
The Moon will be at mag -8.9, and Mars at mag 1.6, both in the constellation Libra.
The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 18° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.
|The sky on 02 December 2021|
28 days old
All times shown in EST.
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.
|13 Oct 2020||– Mars at opposition|
|30 Nov 2022||– Mars at perigee|
|08 Dec 2022||– Mars at opposition|
|12 Jan 2025||– Mars at perigee|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.