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

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°29' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 5 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 20:21 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 49° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 00:53.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.1, and Jupiter at mag -2.0, 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 07h06m30s +17°22' Gemini -11.1 29'41"6
Jupiter 07h06m30s +22°51' Gemini -2.0 34"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 62° from the Sun, which is in Aries at this time of year.

The sky on 04 May 2014
Sunrise
06:07
Sunset
20:04
Twilight ends
21:47
Twilight begins
04:24

5-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

26%

5 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:33 13:44 20:56
Venus 04:27 10:28 16:28
Moon 10:40 17:41 00:41
Mars 17:04 22:58 04:56
Jupiter 10:02 17:26 00:52
Saturn 20:20 01:36 06:47
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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Image credit

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

Ashburn

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39.04°N
77.49°W
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