The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Close approach of the Moon and Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within a mere 47.2 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 17 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 20:37, when they reach an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 02:50, 67° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 07:00, 31° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.5; and Uranus will be at mag 5.7. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aries.

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

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Uranus 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 03h00m00s +17°28' Aries -12.5 30'37"8
Uranus 03h01m20s +16°44' Aries 5.7 3"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 150° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 12 October 2022
Sunrise
07:16
Sunset
18:36
Twilight ends
20:08
Twilight begins
05:48

17-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

91%

17 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:49 11:55 18:01
Venus 07:02 12:48 18:34
Moon 19:41 02:49 10:08
Mars 21:56 05:20 12:44
Jupiter 17:50 23:50 05:50
Saturn 16:02 21:09 02:16
All times shown in EDT.

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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