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

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°28' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 2 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 8° above the horizon. They will become visible around 21:00 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 8° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 13 minutes after the Sun at 21:52.

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The Moon will be at mag -8.8, and Jupiter at mag -1.8, 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 07h52m10s +15°49' Gemini -8.8 29'30"4
Jupiter 07h52m10s +21°18' Gemini -1.8 31"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 20° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 28 June 2014
Sunrise
05:45
Sunset
20:39
Twilight ends
22:38
Twilight begins
03:46

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

2%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:13 12:20 19:26
Venus 03:49 11:00 18:11
Moon 07:17 14:16 21:15
Mars 14:05 19:45 01:27
Jupiter 07:17 14:34 21:51
Saturn 16:27 21:41 03:00
All times shown in EDT.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

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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Longitude:
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39.04°N
77.49°W
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