Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 2°06' of each other. The Moon will be 7 days old.
From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:32 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 71° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:36, 71° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 02:25, when they sink below 7° above your north-western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.1; and Mars will be at mag 0.5. Both objects will lie in the constellation Gemini.
They 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 Mars 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 99° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
|The sky on 05 April 2025|
7 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 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.
|15 Jan 2025||– Mars at opposition|
|16 Apr 2025||– Mars at aphelion|
|30 Nov 2025||– Mars at apogee|
|09 Jan 2026||– Mars at solar conjunction|