The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within a mere 53.8 arcminutes of each other. The Moon will be 8 days old.
From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:37 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 67° above your southern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 18:09, 68° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 00:47, when they sink below 7° above your western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -11.9; and Jupiter will be at mag -2.4. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.
They 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 pair 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 96° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 18 February 2013|
8 days old
All times shown in EST.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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.
|02 Dec 2012||– Jupiter at opposition|
|19 Jun 2013||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|05 Jan 2014||– Jupiter at opposition|
|24 Jul 2014||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.