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 Uranus

Dominic Ford, Editor
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Mars and Uranus will share the same right ascension, with Mars passing 0°33' to the south of Uranus.

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 01:42 (EDT) – 3 hours and 49 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 33° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 04:47.

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Mars will be at mag 0.9, and Uranus at mag 5.8, both in the constellation Taurus.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 Uranus 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 03h34m50s +18°26' Taurus 0.9 5"5
Uranus 03h34m50s +18°59' Taurus 5.8 3"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 57° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 15 July 2024
Sunrise
05:31
Sunset
20:27
Twilight ends
22:27
Twilight begins
03:31

10-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

68%

10 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 07:45 14:44 21:42
Venus 06:28 13:47 21:07
Moon 15:07 20:11 01:03
Mars 01:42 08:53 16:04
Jupiter 02:34 09:57 17:21
Saturn 23:01 04:42 10:23
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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