The Moon and Mercury will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°13' to the north of Mercury. The Moon will be 2 days old.
From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 9° above the horizon. They will become visible around 20:50 (EDT), 9° above your western horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 19 minutes after the Sun at 21:49.
The Moon will be at mag -9.0, and Mercury at mag -0.2, both in the constellation Cancer.
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 Mercury 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 22° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.
|The sky on 07 July 2024|
2 days old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
|12 May 2024||– Mercury at highest altitude in morning sky|
|09 Jul 2024||– Mercury at highest altitude in evening sky|
|21 Jul 2024||– Mercury at greatest elongation east|
|04 Sep 2024||– Mercury at greatest elongation west|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.