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 Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 4°16' to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 19 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Seattle , the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:13 (PST) and reaching an altitude of 26° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 04:19.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.4, and Saturn at mag 0.5, both in the constellation Capricornus.

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 Saturn 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 21h49m50s 18°37'S Capricornus -12.4 32'27"3
Saturn 21h49m50s 14°21'S Capricornus 0.5 17"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 123° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 18 Jun 2022

The sky on 18 June 2022
Sunrise
05:08
Sunset
21:09
Twilight ends
00:17
Twilight begins
02:00

19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

72%

19 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:07 11:33 18:59
Venus 03:29 10:52 18:15
Moon 00:33 05:11 10:00
Mars 02:03 08:30 14:57
Jupiter 01:37 07:45 13:54
Saturn 00:13 05:12 10:10
All times shown in PDT.

Source

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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