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 41.8 arcminutes of each other. From some parts of the world, the Moon will pass in front of Uranus, creating a lunar occultation. The Moon will be 14 days old.

From Fairfield , the pair will be visible between 18:34 and 04:39. They will become accessible at around 18:34, when they rise to an altitude of 21° above your eastern horizon. They will reach their highest point in the sky at 23:36, 65° above your southern horizon. They will become inaccessible at around 04:39 when they sink below 21° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.6; 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 02h56m00s 17°05'N Aries -12.6 30'33"1
Uranus 02h57m00s 16°26'N Aries 5.7 3"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 179° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 8 Nov 2022

The sky on 8 November 2022
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14-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


14 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:32 11:35 16:38
Venus 06:53 11:53 16:53
Moon 16:18 --:-- 06:37
Mars 18:43 02:19 09:56
Jupiter 14:41 20:38 02:35
Saturn 13:02 18:06 23:09
All times shown in EST.


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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