|Tue, 14 Jan 2014 at||23:49 EST||(1013 days ago)|
Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 4°51' of each other.
From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming visible at around 17:29 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 12° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:32, 73° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 06:10, when they sink to 8° 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 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|
All times shown in EST.
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.
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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.