Conjunction between the Moon and Mars

Wednesday 19th Mar 201401:38

The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 3°05′ of each other.

The pair will visible for much of the night – in the east in the early evening, and in the west in the pre-dawn sky. At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.6, and Mars at mag -1.2, both in the constellation Virgo.

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.

At a declination of -07°11′ , they will be visible across much of the world.