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Close approach of the Moon and Pluto

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The Moon and 134340 Pluto will make a close approach, passing within 0°21' of each other. The Moon will be 21 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:59 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 25° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:12.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.2; and 134340 Pluto will be at mag 15.2. Both objects will lie in the constellation Capricornus.

They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and 134340 Pluto 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 Moon 20h28m30s -23°07' Capricornus -12.2 30'44"5
134340 Pluto 20h28m00s -22°47' Capricornus 15.2 0"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 Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 18 May 2025
Sunrise
05:31
Sunset
20:06
Twilight ends
22:02
Twilight begins
03:35

21-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

70%

21 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:00 11:57 18:54
Venus 03:39 09:55 16:12
Moon 00:55 05:28 10:01
Mars 11:04 18:14 01:27
Jupiter 07:13 14:44 22:15
Saturn 03:13 09:08 15:03
All times shown in EDT.

Source

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.

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