See Saturn near the moon in a late Christmas gift tonight (Dec. 26)

Sky map of the moon near Saturn on Dec. 26, 2022 in the southwestern sky.


The moon will shine near Saturn in an evening conjunction on Dec. 26, 2022 as seen in this NASA map. Jupiter, Mercury and Venus are visible too in the southwestern sky. (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

The moon will visit Saturn for the last time of 2022 on Monday (Dec. 26) in a parting Christmas gift in a twilight conjunction that will disappear from view before night sets in. 

Saturn and the moon will shine together southwestern sky, with the moon to the left of the ringed planet, which is the second largest planet in the solar system after its fellow gas giant Jupiter. The three-day old moon will appear 4 degrees south of Saturn (for veteran skywatchers, you’ll find them at  a right ascension of 21 hours, 37 minutes, 20 seconds in the night sky). Your closed fist held out at arm’s length covers 10 degrees of the night sky.