Close approach of the Moon and Pluto
Saturday 2nd Nov 201917:36
The Moon and 134340 Pluto will make a close approach, passing within 0°21' of each other. The Moon will be 5 days old.
From London, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 16° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 16:54 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 16° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 12 minutes after the Sun at 20:42.
The Moon will be at mag -11.4, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.8, both in the constellation Sagittarius.
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:
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 70° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.
This entry in the observing calendar was provided by In-The-Sky.org