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 4 days old.

From Seattle, the pair will become visible at around 20:43 (PDT) as the dusk sky fades, 31° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 57 minutes after the Sun at 00:17.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.3, and 1 Ceres at mag 8.9, 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 05h39m50s +26°15' Taurus -10.3 29'30"0
1 Ceres 05h39m40s +26°18' Taurus 8.9 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 41° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.

The sky on 04 May 2022
Sunrise
05:46
Sunset
20:23
Twilight ends
22:34
Twilight begins
03:35

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

12%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:24 14:20 22:17
Venus 04:27 10:28 16:29
Moon 07:59 16:16 00:34
Mars 03:54 09:24 14:54
Jupiter 04:18 10:15 16:11
Saturn 03:08 08:06 13:04
All times shown in PDT.

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.

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