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Close approach of the Moon and Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 4°01' of each other. The Moon will be 19 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:36 (EST) and reaching an altitude of 33° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:45.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.4; and Saturn will be at mag 0.5. Both objects will lie in the constellation Capricornus.

They 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.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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

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

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 21h55m40s -18°07' Capricornus -12.4 32'24"5
Saturn 21h49m50s -14°21' Capricornus 0.5 17"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 122° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 18 June 2022
Sunrise
05:07
Sunset
20:23
Twilight ends
22:38
Twilight begins
02:52

19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

76%

19 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 03:58 11:09 18:21
Venus 03:19 10:28 17:37
Moon 23:53 04:40 09:26
Mars 01:44 08:07 14:29
Jupiter 01:14 07:22 13:29
Saturn 23:36 04:49 09:58
All times shown in EDT.

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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