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

Conjunction of the Moon and Saturn

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°49' to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 2 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 17:39 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 14° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 41 minutes after the Sun at 19:04.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.2, and Saturn at mag 0.7, both in the constellation Capricornus.

The pair 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.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 21h48m50s -18°20' Capricornus -9.2 33'18"1
Saturn 21h48m50s -14°31' Capricornus 0.7 15"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 21° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 23 January 2023
Sunrise
07:23
Sunset
17:23
Twilight ends
18:55
Twilight begins
05:51

2-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

5%

2 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:49 10:40 15:31
Venus 08:39 13:53 19:08
Moon 09:02 14:17 19:41
Mars 12:56 20:26 03:56
Jupiter 10:14 16:18 22:23
Saturn 08:35 13:50 19:04
All times shown in EST.

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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