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 Saturn

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The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 3°58' of each other. The Moon will be 7 days old.

From Fairfield , the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 18:21 (EDT), 29° above your southern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 19:32, 32° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 23:27, when they sink below 10° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.1; and Saturn will be at mag 0.4. 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 21h30m10s 20°18'S Capricornus -12.1 32'06"7
Saturn 21h24m40s 16°33'S Capricornus 0.4 17"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 99° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 1 Nov 2022

The sky on 1 November 2022
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7-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


7 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:59 12:19 17:38
Venus 07:35 12:45 17:56
Moon 14:46 19:38 00:37
Mars 20:15 03:49 11:24
Jupiter 16:10 22:07 04:04
Saturn 14:29 19:32 00:35
All times shown in EDT.


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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