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Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°22' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 7 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 19:41 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 68° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 02:20.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.7, and Jupiter at mag -2.2, 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 Moon 06h51m20s +17°49' Gemini -11.7 29'39"6
Jupiter 06h51m20s +23°11' Gemini -2.2 36"9

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 85° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 06 April 2014
Sunrise
06:28
Sunset
19:23
Twilight ends
20:59
Twilight begins
04:52

7-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

45%

7 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:59 11:51 17:44
Venus 04:40 10:04 15:29
Moon 11:36 18:45 01:09
Mars 19:23 01:13 06:57
Jupiter 11:13 18:45 02:20
Saturn 22:08 03:17 08:23
All times shown in EDT.

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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73.26°W
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