Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°10' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 9 days old.
From Seattle, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:23 (PST) as the dusk sky fades, 61° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 20:39, 65° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 03:40, when they sink below 7° above your north-western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.1, and Jupiter at mag -2.4, both in the constellation Gemini.
The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Jupiter around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction 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 110° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 10 March 2014|
9 days old
All times shown in PDT.
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.
|05 Jan 2014||– Jupiter at opposition|
|06 Feb 2015||– Jupiter at opposition|
|08 Mar 2016||– Jupiter at opposition|
|07 Apr 2017||– Jupiter at opposition|