Conjunction between the Moon and Uranus

2016 Jan 16

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°23' of each other.

From London (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky. They will become visible at around 16:42 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 43° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 17:20, 44° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 22:58, when they sink to 8° above your western horizon.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -11.8, and Uranus at mag 5.8, both in the constellation Pisces.

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 Uranus at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 01h03m30s +04°35' Pisces -11.8 32'16"6
Uranus 01h01m50s +05°55' Pisces 5.8 3"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 81° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of