Conjunction between the Moon and Mars

2014 Aug 3

The Moon and Mars will make a close approach, passing within 2°09′ of each other.

The pair will visible in the west in the early evening sky. At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -11.7, and Mars at mag -0.0, 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 -13°56′ , they will be seen to best advantage in the southern hemisphere.