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 Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 16:44 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:54, 71° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 05:36, when they sink to 8° above your north-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 26 May 2019
Sunrise
05:25
Sunset
20:12
Twilight ends
22:12
Twilight begins
03:25

22-day old moon
Waning Crescent

48%

22 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:43 13:15 20:46
Venus 04:27 11:22 18:18
Moon 01:48 06:59 12:11
Mars 07:28 15:05 22:42
Jupiter 21:17 02:00 06:38
Saturn 23:17 04:03 08:46
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
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