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The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 at00:45 EST(892 days ago)
05:45 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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This event is visible to the naked eye from Newark.
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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 4°55' of each other.

From Newark (click to change), the pair will be visible in the morning sky. They will become accessible at around 18:40, when they rise 7° above your north-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 01:20, 71° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight at around 06:54, 19° above your western horizon.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.5, and Jupiter at mag -2.7, both in the constellation Gemini.

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.

The precise positions of the Moon and Jupiter at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 07h12m50s +17°31' Gemini -12.5 29'24"8
Jupiter 07h16m00s +22°22' Gemini -2.7 45"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 159° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 19 December 2013
Sunrise: 07:15
Sunset: 16:30
Twilight from 05:36
until 18:09
All times shown in EST.

16-day old moon
Age of Moon:
16 days



The circumstances of this event were computed from the DE405 ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).

The positions of deep sky objects in conjunctions are taken from the NGC2000.0 catalogue.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.