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Conjunction of Mars and Uranus

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Mars and Uranus will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 1°22' to the south of Uranus.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:13 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 53° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:13.

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Mars will be at mag 0.2, and Uranus at mag 5.8, both in the constellation Aries.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Mars and Uranus 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
Mars 03h04m00s +15°34' Aries 0.2 8"2
Uranus 03h04m00s +16°56' Aries 5.8 3"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 80° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at this time of year.

The sky on 01 August 2022
Sunrise
05:48
Sunset
20:10
Twilight ends
22:01
Twilight begins
03:56

4-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

12%

4 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:10 14:05 21:00
Venus 04:01 11:28 18:56
Moon 09:37 16:02 22:26
Mars 00:18 07:18 14:18
Jupiter 22:33 04:47 10:57
Saturn 20:43 01:56 07:04
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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