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Close approach of the Moon, Saturn and Neptune

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The Moon, Saturn and Neptune will make a close approach, passing within 2°29' of each other. The Moon will be 25 days old.

From Ashburn, the trio will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:14 (EDT) – 2 hours and 38 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 25° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:32.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.3; Saturn will be at mag 0.9; and Neptune will be at mag 7.9. The trio will lie in the constellation Pisces.

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.

At around the same time, the trio will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the trio at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 23h56m30s +00°03' Pisces -11.3 32'27"2
Saturn 00h01m10s -02°06' Pisces 0.9 16"5
Neptune 00h06m50s -00°39' Pisces 7.9 2"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The trio will be at an angular separation of 62° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 22 May 2025
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25-day old moon
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25 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:27 12:30 19:33
Venus 03:51 10:10 16:28
Moon 03:00 09:00 14:59
Mars 11:20 18:23 01:28
Jupiter 07:24 14:49 22:14
Saturn 03:14 09:10 15:06
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.

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