Saturday, November 2, 2013

Saturn Mercury Close Conjunction in November (Less than 1° Apart)

In late November, Saturn and Mercury will make a very close conjunction, coming within 1 degree of each other from our perspective. The pair will be low in the SE sky an hour before sunrise.

november 23 mercury saturn ison
November 23, 2013 Mercury is about 6° above the horizon to the SE about an hour before sunrise. Screenshot from Stellarium.
Comet ISON (C/2012 S1) is predicted to pass Spica on November 18 as it dives toward the horizon, passing the Mercury Saturn conjunction around November 22-23.

november 25 saturn mercury
November 25, 2013 Mercury and Saturn will be within 1 degree separation low in the SE to the left of the double star Alpha Librae (α Lib). Mercury will only be about 5 degrees above the horizon an hour before sunrise. Screenshot from Stellarium.

november 26 saturn mercury
November 26, 2013 Mercury and Saturn switch places, with Saturn now on top and still within 1 degree separation. Saturn will only be about 5 degrees above the horizon an hour before sunrise. Screenshot from Stellarium.

saturn mercury moon december 1 conjunction
Saturn joins the party on December 1, 2013 - this screenshot from Stellarium shows 7:00am ET from Indiana

2 comments:

  1. Eric, for those of us into Astrology, the posting of Mercury and Saturn at 1 degree conjunctions photographs gave a great visual to the archetypal "Saturn" the teacher interacting with "Mercury" the mind/communications. great work! For anyone "ruled" by Mercury (especially during this last retrograde cycle), I trust if they come across this site--they will be as appreciative as I am!

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  2. Hey sproxit thanks for the comment. You can download free software called Stellarium to see past, present, and future star charts - that's what I used to generate those images. http://www.stellarium.org/

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