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

Conjunction of Mars and Pluto

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Mars and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 1°55' to the north of 134340 Pluto.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 1° above the horizon at dawn.

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Mars will be at mag 1.3, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.2, 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 through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Mars and 134340 Pluto 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
Mars 20h14m40s -20°48' Capricornus 1.3 4"1
134340 Pluto 20h14m40s -22°44' Capricornus 15.2 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 24° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 15 February 2024
Sunrise
06:49
Sunset
17:29
Twilight ends
19:01
Twilight begins
05:13

6-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

41%

6 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:32 11:30 16:28
Venus 05:31 10:18 15:05
Moon 09:48 17:10 00:47
Mars 05:44 10:30 15:16
Jupiter 09:47 16:39 23:31
Saturn 07:27 12:55 18:22
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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