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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

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 at23:49 EST(865 days ago)
04:49 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°51' of each other.

From Newark (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky. They will become visible at around 17:12 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:19, 72° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 06:01, when they sink to 7° above your north-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 06h58m10s +18°02' Gemini -12.5 29'23"7
Jupiter 07h00m50s +22°51' Gemini -2.7 45"5

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 168° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.

The sky on 14 January 2014
Sunrise: 07:18
Sunset: 16:51
Twilight from 05:41
until 18:28
All times shown in EST.

13-day old moon
Age of Moon:
13 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.