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

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 at23:32 EDT(534 days ago)
03:32 UTC

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°12' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 4 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Ashburn (click to change), the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 16° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 20:35 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 16° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 46 minutes after the Sun at 22:01.

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.

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 11h35m20s +03°40' Leo -10.2 30'09"9
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 39° from the Sun, which is in Cancer at this time of year.

The sky on 05 August 2016
Sunrise 06:13
Sunset 20:16
Twilight ends
Twilight begins

3-day old moon
Age of Moon
3 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:21 14:51 21:21
Venus 07:35 14:21 21:07
Moon 09:10 15:29 21:49
Mars 15:20 20:03 00:47
Jupiter 09:30 15:45 22:01
Saturn 15:49 20:42 01:40


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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