Conjunction between the Moon and M44
2018 Sep 7
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
The Moon and M44 will make a close approach, passing within 1°22' of each other.
From London (click to change), the pair will be visible in the dawn sky. They will rise at 02:41 (BST), 3 hours and 39 minutes before the Sun, and attain an altitude of 27° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:58.
At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.3, and M44 at mag 3.1, both in the constellation Cancer.
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 the Moon and M44 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 36° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org