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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°01' of each other. The Moon will be 15 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible between 20:24 and 03:46. They will become accessible around 20:24, when they rise to an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. They will reach its highest point in the sky at 00:07, 25° above your southern horizon. They will become inaccessible around 03:46 when they sink below 8° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.6, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.8, both in the constellation Capricornus.

The pair 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 20h21m50s -23°17' Capricornus -12.6 31'03"4
134340 Pluto 20h21m50s -23°18' Capricornus 14.8 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 166° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at this time of year.

The sky on 08 August 2025
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15-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous


15 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:06 12:06 19:05
Venus 02:58 10:24 17:50
Moon 20:02 00:02 04:35
Mars 09:42 15:46 21:50
Jupiter 03:10 10:39 18:09
Saturn 21:51 03:52 09:48
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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