106 days ago
Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within a mere 32.1 arcminutes of each other. From some parts of the world, the Moon will pass in front of Mars, creating a lunar occultation. The Moon will be 15 days old.
From Fairfield however, the pair will be visible from soon after it rises, at 16:02, until soon before it sets at 07:22.
The Moon will be at mag -12.6; and Mars will be at mag -1.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.
They will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 Mars 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 177° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.
The sky on 07 Dec 2022
|The sky on 07 December 2022|
14 days old
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.
|30 Nov 2022||– Mars at perigee|
|08 Dec 2022||– Mars at opposition|
|12 Jan 2025||– Mars at perigee|
|15 Jan 2025||– Mars at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.