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Conjunction of the Moon and Mars

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The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°56' to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 23 days old.

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

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:45 (EDT) – 3 hours and 37 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 34° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:00.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.4, and Mars at mag 0.5, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 Mars 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 01h19m40s +05°29' Pisces -11.4 30'30"9
Mars 01h19m40s +06°26' Pisces 0.5 6"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 70° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 22 June 2022
Sunrise
05:20
Sunset
20:29
Twilight ends
22:37
Twilight begins
03:12

23-day old moon
Waning Crescent

33%

23 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:07 11:21 18:35
Venus 03:29 10:40 17:51
Moon 01:44 07:59 14:13
Mars 01:45 08:10 14:36
Jupiter 01:09 07:17 13:24
Saturn 23:26 04:41 09:53
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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