Conjunction between the Moon and Uranus

2016 Feb 12

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The Moon and Uranus will make a close approach, passing within 1°38' of each other.

From London (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 17:29 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 39° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 5 hours and 6 minutes after the Sun at 22:12.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -11.1, and Uranus at mag 5.9, 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 01h06m40s +04°39' Pisces -11.1 32'39"4
Uranus 01h04m40s +06°14' Pisces 5.9 3"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 54° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of