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 4°02' to the north of Saturn. The Moon will be 19 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 morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:21, when they rise to an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:35, 46° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 05:39, 38° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.5, and Saturn at mag 0.6, both in the constellation Pisces.

The pair 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 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 00h06m50s +02°08' Pisces -12.5 32'12"5
Saturn 00h06m50s -01°53' Pisces 0.6 18"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 137° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 12 August 2025
Sunrise
05:58
Sunset
19:54
Twilight ends
21:40
Twilight begins
04:12

19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

86%

19 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:46 11:50 18:53
Venus 03:03 10:28 17:54
Moon 21:41 03:19 09:20
Mars 09:39 15:39 21:39
Jupiter 02:58 10:27 17:56
Saturn 21:35 03:35 09:32
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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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Fairfield

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41.14°N
73.26°W
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