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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 1°50' of each other. The Moon will be 26 days old.

From Seattle, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 03:12 (PDT) and reaching an altitude of 32° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 07:08.

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The Moon will be at mag -10.6; and Jupiter will be at mag -1.8. Both objects will lie in the constellation Virgo.

They 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.

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 13h01m30s -03°18' Virgo -10.6 29'35"4
Jupiter 12h59m10s -05°03' Virgo -1.8 31"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 47° from the Sun, which is in Scorpius at this time of year.

The sky on 24 November 2016
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25-day old moon
Waning Crescent


25 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 09:00 13:01 17:02
Venus 10:57 14:59 19:00
Moon 02:38 08:35 14:33
Mars 12:14 16:50 21:26
Jupiter 03:11 08:53 14:34
Saturn 08:34 12:56 17:18
All times shown in PST.


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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