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

Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

Sat, 11 Jun 2016 at14:45 EDT(289 days ago)
18:45 UTC

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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 1°25' of each other. The Moon will be 6 days old.

From Newark (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 20:47 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 46° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 46 minutes after the Sun at 01:11.

The Moon will be at mag -11.7, and Jupiter at mag -2.0, both in the constellation Leo.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

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 closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 11h03m30s +05°51' Leo -11.7 30'05"3
Jupiter 11h05m20s +07°12' Leo -2.0 35"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 83° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 11 June 2016
Sunrise: 05:24
Sunset: 20:26
Twilight
from 03:18
until 22:32

6-day old moon
Age of Moon:
6 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 04:17 11:20 18:24
Venus 05:30 13:01 20:32
Moon 12:23 18:45 00:34
Mars 18:15 23:01 03:52
Jupiter 12:11 18:39 01:11
Saturn 19:28 00:21 05:09

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.

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