The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Ceres

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The Moon and 1 Ceres will make a close approach, passing within 0°02' of each other. The Moon will be 8 days old.

From Washington, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:20 (MDT) as the dusk sky fades, 70° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:04, 73° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:30, when they sink below 7° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.0, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.4, 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 through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and 1 Ceres around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 03h51m20s +20°22' Taurus -12.0 29'37"1
1 Ceres 03h51m20s +20°20' Taurus 8.4 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 99° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 09 February 2022
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

8-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


8 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:03 11:04 16:05
Venus 04:58 10:09 15:20
Moon 12:20 19:35 01:52
Mars 05:18 10:05 14:51
Jupiter 08:23 13:58 19:33
Saturn 07:20 12:30 17:40
All times shown in MST.


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.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.




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