The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within a mere 24.4 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 17 days old.
From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 21:22, when they reach an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 02:13, 41° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:49, 21° above your south-western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.7; and Saturn will be at mag 0.6. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aquarius.
They 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 pair at the moment of closest approach 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 161° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.
|The sky on 20 August 2024|
16 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.
|27 Aug 2023||– Saturn at opposition|
|08 Sep 2024||– Saturn at opposition|
|23 Mar 2025||– Saturn ring plane crossing|
|06 May 2025||– Equinox on Saturn|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.