Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 0°53' of each other. The Moon will be 18 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 20:47, when they rise to an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 03:21, 72° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 07:23, 36° above your western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.4, and Jupiter at mag -2.7, both in the constellation Taurus.
The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Jupiter around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 145° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.
|The sky on 01 November 2012|
17 days old
All times shown in EDT.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE405 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.
|13 May 2012||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|02 Dec 2012||– Jupiter at opposition|
|19 Jun 2013||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|05 Jan 2014||– Jupiter at opposition|