Saturn And Moon Will Have A Close Encounter On Monday. Here Is How To Watch This Event.

An eye-catching celestial event is due on October 15. The evening sky will witness a close encounter of the Lord of the Rings, Saturn and our only natural satellite, Moon. The Moon and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 1°47' of each other. The Moon will be 6 days old. The closest encounter will take place at 2:58 GMT. For those who live 4 to 5 hours ahead of GMT will only be able to witness this show at dusk on October 15. Here is the sky map as seen from New Delhi, India.

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The sky chart at 7 p.m. (Indian Standard Time) in India. As the evening progresses, the pair will sink lower and lower. Can you spot the bright Mars in Capricornus? (Image: Dominic Ford, In-The-Sky)

The Moon will be at magnitude of -11.4, and Saturn at magnitude of 0.3, both in the constellation Sagittarius. 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. At around the same time, the two objects will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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