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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 3°43' of each other. The Moon will be 12 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:31 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:12, 32° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 03:30, when they sink below 8° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.7; and Saturn will be at mag 0.3. 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 21h35m40s -19°38' Capricornus -12.7 32'43"9
Saturn 21h30m30s -16°07' Capricornus 0.3 18"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 153° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 08 September 2022
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12-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


12 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:29 14:08 19:46
Venus 05:25 12:08 18:52
Moon 18:50 23:53 03:37
Mars 22:55 06:19 13:39
Jupiter 19:58 02:08 08:14
Saturn 18:07 23:12 04:21
All times shown in EDT.


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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