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

Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 at23:49 EST(1060 days ago)
04:49 UTC

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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 4°51' of each other. The Moon will be 14 days old.

From Newark (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 17:12 (EST) 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.

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 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

13-day old moon
Age of Moon:
13 days

All times shown in EST.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:04 12:49 17:35
Venus 06:34 11:39 16:44
Moon 16:06 23:15 05:41
Mars 23:38 05:27 11:15
Jupiter 15:50 23:19 06:52
Saturn 02:32 07:38 12:45

Source

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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Image credit

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

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