Conjunction between the Moon and Saturn

Thursday 17th Apr 201406:13

The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 0°22′ 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 Saturn at mag 0.8, both in the constellation Libra.

At closest approach, the pair will be close enough to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or a through pair of binoculars.

At a declination of -15°44′ , they will be seen to best advantage in the southern hemisphere.