Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
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.
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 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|
1 day old
All times shown in EDT.
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.
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|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.