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°05' to the north of Saturn. The Moon will be 10 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 evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:57 (EDT), 29° above your south-eastern horizon, as dusk fades to darkness. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 19:30, 39° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 00:15, when they sink below 7° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.4, and Saturn at mag 0.7, 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 22h58m10s -08°47' Aquarius -12.4 32'24"7
Saturn 22h58m10s -08°52' Aquarius 0.7 18"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 113° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 10 November 2024
Sunrise
06:33
Sunset
16:41
Twilight ends
18:13
Twilight begins
05:01

9-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

75%

9 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:37 13:06 17:36
Venus 10:02 14:27 18:52
Moon 13:54 19:28 01:13
Mars 21:29 04:53 12:16
Jupiter 18:21 01:49 09:16
Saturn 13:58 19:30 01:02
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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