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°14' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 22 days old.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 00:05, when they rise to an altitude of 7° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 06:12, 65° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:33, 65° above your southern horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.8, and Jupiter at mag -2.2, both in the constellation Leo.

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 09h36m20s +09°43' Leo -11.8 29'32"6
Jupiter 09h36m20s +14°58' Leo -2.2 37"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 88° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 14 November 2014
Sunrise
06:50
Sunset
16:56
Twilight ends
18:28
Twilight begins
05:18

22-day old moon
Waning Crescent

49%

22 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:41 11:01 16:22
Venus 07:17 12:14 17:12
Moon 23:20 05:59 12:38
Mars 10:59 15:37 20:15
Jupiter 23:15 06:12 13:05
Saturn 07:03 12:08 17:13
All times shown in EST.

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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