Conjunction between Mars and Saturn
2018 Apr 2
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
Mars and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 1°16' of each other.
From London (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 15° above the horizon. They will be visible in the dawn sky. They will rise at 02:55 (BST), 3 hours and 39 minutes before the Sun, and attain an altitude of 15° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 06:01.
At the moment of closest approach, Mars will be at mag -0.2, and Saturn at mag 1.1, both in the constellation Sagittarius.
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.
The precise positions of Mars and Saturn at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 93° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org