Conjunction between the Moon and Saturn
2015 Jun 29
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 1°56' of each other.
From London (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky. They will become visible at around 21:47 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 20° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:18, 20° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 01:43, when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon.
At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.5, and Saturn at mag 0.9, both in the constellation Libra.
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 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 141° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org