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

Close approach of the Moon and Uranus

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The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 0°50' of each other. The Moon will be 14 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:07 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:11, 73° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 05:48, when they sink below 8° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.6, and Uranus at mag 5.6, both in the constellation Taurus.

The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Uranus 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 04h57m20s +23°31' Taurus -12.6 29'47"0
Uranus 04h57m20s +22°41' Taurus 5.6 3"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 167° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 21 August 2019
Sunrise
06:27
Sunset
19:56
Twilight ends
21:34
Twilight begins
04:49

20-day old moon
Waning Gibbous

71%

20 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:19 12:21 19:24
Venus 06:36 13:21 20:07
Moon 23:20 05:18 11:45
Mars 06:46 13:28 20:10
Jupiter 15:16 20:02 00:52
Saturn 17:26 22:11 03:00
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.

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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