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°19' of each other. The Moon will be 7 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible at around 18:23 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 68° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 6 hours and 36 minutes after the Sun at 00:41.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.6, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.7, 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 04h15m50s +22°19' Taurus -11.6 29'40"3
1 Ceres 04h15m30s +22°37' Taurus 8.7 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 77° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 09 March 2022
Sunrise
06:29
Sunset
18:09
Twilight ends
19:37
Twilight begins
05:00

7-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

39%

7 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:51 11:08 16:25
Venus 04:09 09:17 14:25
Moon 10:19 17:47 00:15
Mars 04:27 09:19 14:11
Jupiter 06:27 12:09 17:50
Saturn 05:19 10:29 15:39
All times shown in EST.

Source

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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
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