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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°21' of each other. The Moon will be 1 days old.

From Fairfield however, the pair will not be observable – they will reach their highest point in the sky during daytime and will be no higher than 4° above the horizon at dusk.

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The Moon will be at mag -8.5; and Jupiter will be at mag -1.7. Both objects will lie in the constellation Virgo.

They 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 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 11h56m10s +01°59' Virgo -8.5 30'00"2
Jupiter 11h55m40s +01°38' Virgo -1.7 30"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 17° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

The sky on 02 September 2016
Sunrise
06:21
Sunset
19:24
Twilight ends
21:01
Twilight begins
04:44

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

2%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:00 13:51 19:43
Venus 08:21 14:22 20:22
Moon 07:38 13:52 20:06
Mars 14:30 18:56 23:23
Jupiter 07:51 14:00 20:09
Saturn 13:50 18:38 23:25
All times shown in EDT.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

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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