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 Mars

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mars will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°31' to the south of Mars. The Moon will be 28 days old.

From Ashburn however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 4° above the horizon at dawn.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.9, and Mars at mag 1.2, 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 to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Mars 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 21h23m50s 19°57'S Capricornus -9.9 33'04"6
Mars 21h23m50s 16°26'S Capricornus 1.2 4"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 30° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.

The sky on 8 Mar 2024

The sky on 8 March 2024
Sunrise
06:29
Sunset
18:09
Twilight ends
19:38
Twilight begins
05:00

28-day old moon
Waning Crescent

4%

28 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:55 12:51 18:48
Venus 05:38 10:55 16:12
Moon 05:44 10:52 16:10
Mars 05:19 10:28 15:36
Jupiter 08:50 15:42 22:34
Saturn 06:19 11:52 17:26
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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