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

Conjunction of the Moon and Mercury

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°50' to the south of Mercury. The Moon will be 2 days old.

From Fairfield however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 06:35, until soon before it sets at 21:38. Always take extreme caution when trying to make daytime observations of the Moon while the Sun is above the horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -8.7, and Mercury at mag 0.7, both in the constellation Taurus.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit 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 Mercury 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 Moon 03h56m30s +21°17' Taurus -8.7 29'45"3
Mercury 03h56m30s +23°08' Taurus 0.7 8"6

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 19° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.

The sky on 02 May 2022

The sky on 02 May 2022
Twilight ends
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2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


2 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:36 14:07 21:38
Venus 04:14 10:12 16:10
Moon 06:42 14:14 21:56
Mars 03:36 09:10 14:45
Jupiter 04:08 10:05 16:02
Saturn 02:47 07:58 13:09
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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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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