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Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 0°48' of each other. The Moon will be 5 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 20:46 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 28° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 58 minutes after the Sun at 23:22.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.1; and Jupiter will be at mag -1.9. Both objects will lie in the constellation Leo.

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

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Jupiter around the time of closest approach is available here.

The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 11h16m50s +05°02' Leo -11.1 30'12"3
Jupiter 11h17m50s +05°48' Leo -1.9 32"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 60° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 09 July 2016
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

5-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


5 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:40 13:12 20:45
Venus 06:11 13:37 21:03
Moon 11:06 17:20 23:35
Mars 16:18 21:02 01:49
Jupiter 10:36 16:59 23:22
Saturn 17:28 22:16 03:08
All times shown in EDT.


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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