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

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The Moon and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°22' to the south of Saturn. The Moon will be 23 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 01:57 (EDT) – 3 hours and 26 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 31° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:03.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.8, and Saturn at mag 0.9, both in the constellation Aquarius.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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 23h20m00s -06°40' Aquarius -11.8 32'19"3
Saturn 23h20m00s -06°18' Aquarius 0.9 16"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 81° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 31 May 2024
Sunrise
05:23
Sunset
20:19
Twilight ends
22:23
Twilight begins
03:19

23-day old moon
Waning Crescent

37%

23 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:39 11:46 18:53
Venus 05:22 12:46 20:11
Moon 01:58 07:42 13:43
Mars 03:14 09:45 16:17
Jupiter 04:58 12:14 19:30
Saturn 01:57 07:38 13:19
All times shown in EDT.

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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