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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°11' of each other. The Moon will be 4 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 15° above the horizon. They will become visible around 20:23 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 15° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 42 minutes after the Sun at 21:45.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.2, and Jupiter at mag -1.7, both in the constellation Leo.

The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.

At around the same time, the two objects 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 two objects at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 11h35m00s +03°41' Leo -10.2 30'10"0
Jupiter 11h35m20s +03°53' Leo -1.7 31"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 38° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at this time of year.

The sky on 05 August 2016
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

3-day old moon
Waxing Crescent


3 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:02 14:34 21:07
Venus 07:14 14:04 20:53
Moon 08:51 15:12 21:33
Mars 15:10 19:46 00:24
Jupiter 09:12 15:29 21:45
Saturn 15:37 20:25 01:17
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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