2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

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2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » January 6th, 2018, 1:49 pm

11 January, 3:54am to 5:24am CST
Moon-Mars-Jupiter


The three will be rising together in the east, in the constellation Libra. The 24.5 day-old Moon will have Jupiter to its right and Mars to its lower right. At 3:54am Mars will be fifteen degrees up, and thirty degrees up at 5:24am.
Here are the separations...
Moon and Mars, fewer than four-and-one-quarter degree the whole time
Moon and Jupiter, fewer than four-and-one-quarter degrees the whole time
Mars and Jupiter, fewer than two-and-one-quarter degrees the whole time
The Moon will be a waning crescent.

As a bonus, according to Starry Night Pro Plus Io will be transiting at this time! The other three Galilean moons will be congregating on one side of Jupiter.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » January 20th, 2018, 7:27 pm

20 January 2018, 7:55pm to 8:29pm CST
Moon-Neptune


The two will be setting together in the west, in the constellation Aquarius. The 3.6-day-old Moon will have Neptune to its lower right, the pair remaining fewer than three degrees apart the whole time. At 7:55pm Neptune will be twenty-two degrees up, and fifteen degrees up at 8:29pm.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » February 6th, 2018, 1:18 pm

7 February 2018, 4:59am to 5:29am CST
Moon-Jupiter


The two will be rising together in the east, in the constellation Libra. The 22.0-day-old Moon will have Jupiter to its lower left, the pair remaining fewer than seven degrees apart the whole time. At 4:59am Jupiter will be thirty-nine degrees up, and forty-one degrees up at 5:29am.

Below is the NOAA forecast for 5am...
precipitation potential, 56%
sky cover, 91%
relative humidity, 100%
temperature, 17˚C
surface wind, S 14 km/h

Danko's predictions are for "poor" transparency (1 out of 5) and "poor" seeing (2 out of 5). The sky rating is BAD.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » February 6th, 2018, 1:31 pm

9 February 2018, 3:28am to 4:28am CST
Moon-Mars


The two will be rising together in the east, in the constellation Ophiuchus. The 23.7-day-old Moon will have Mars to its right, the pair remaining fewer than five degrees apart the whole time. At 3:28am Jupiter will be fifteen degrees up, and twenty-five degrees up at 4:28am.

Below is the NOAA forecast for 4am Friday...
precipitation potential, 12%
sky cover, 83%
relative humidity, 85%
temperature, 7˚C
temperature, 6˚C
surface wind, E 8 km/h
The sky rating is POOR.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » March 10th, 2018, 8:04 pm

11 March 2018, 4:53am to 5:53am CDT
Moon-Saturn


The two will be rising together in the east, in the constellation Sagittarius. The 23.9-day-old Moon will have Saturn to its upper right, the pair remaining fewer than five degrees apart the whole time. At 4:53am Jupiter will be fifteen degrees up, and twenty-five degrees up at 5:53am.

Below is the NOAA forecast for 4am CDT tomorrow...
precipitation potential, 3%
sky cover, 87%
relative humidity, 100%
temperature, 18˚C
surface wind, S 5 km/h

Danko predicts a transparency of "poor" (1 out of 5) and a seeing of "average" (3 out of 5). The sky rating is POOR.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » March 12th, 2018, 3:33 pm

17 March, 7:09pm to 7:59pm CDT
Moon-Mercury-Venus


The three will be setting together in the west, the planets in the constellation Libra and the Moon in the constellation Cetus. The 1.5 day-old Moon (which may be difficult to see) will have Venus to its right and Mercury to its upper right. At 7:09pm the Moon will be sixteen degrees up, and six degrees up at 7:59pm.
Here are the separations...
Moon and Mercury, fewer than seven-and-a-half degrees the whole time
Moon and Venus, fewer than three-and-a-half degrees the whole time
Mercury and Venus, fewer than three-and-a-half degrees the whole time
The Moon will be a waxing crescent. Mercury will be in a crescent phase, but Venus will not.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » April 5th, 2018, 10:16 am

7 April, 4:04am to 5:24am CST
Moon-Mars-Saturn


The three will be rising together in the east, in the constellation Sagittarius. The 21.4 day-old Moon will have Saturn underneath it and Mars to its lower left. At 4:04am Mars will be twenty-three degrees up, and thirty-two degrees up at 5:24am.
Here are the separations...
Moon and Saturn, fewer than two degrees the whole time
Mars and Saturn, fewer than three degrees the whole time
Moon and Mars, fewer than four-and-three-quarters degrees the whole time.
The Moon will be a waning gibbous.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » April 30th, 2018, 5:36 pm

30 April 2018, 9:51pm to 10:21pm CDT
Moon-Jupiter


The two will be rising together in the east, in the constellation Libra. The 15.8-day-old Moon will have Jupiter to its upper right, the pair remaining fewer than seven degrees apart the whole time. At 9:51pm Neptune will be fifteen degrees up, and twenty degrees up at 10:21pm.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » June 27th, 2018, 5:54 pm

27 June 2018, 9:48pm to 11:18pm CDT
Moon-Saturn


The two will be rising together in the east, in the constellation Sagittarius. The Full Moon will have Saturn to its lower right, the pair remaining fewer than one-and-a-half degrees apart the whole time. At 9:48pm Saturn will be nineteen degrees up, and thirty-one degrees up at 11:18pm.

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Re: 2018 Moon-Planet Conjunctions

Post by Christopher K. » July 16th, 2018, 1:41 pm

20 July 2018, 10:06pm to 11:06pm CDT
Moon-Jupiter


The two will be setting together in the west, in the constellation Libra. The 8.7-day-old Moon will have Jupiter to its lower left, the pair remaining fewer than four degrees apart the whole time. At 10:06pm Jupiter will be thirty-four degrees up, and twenty-five degrees up at 11:06pm.

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