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

Sun, 27 May 2018 at13:40 EDT(126 days away)
17:40 UTC

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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 3°57' to the north of Jupiter. The Moon will be 12 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 visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible at around 20:43 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 21° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:42, 35° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 04:09, when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon.

The Moon will be at mag -12.5, and Jupiter at mag -2.5, both in the constellation Libra.

The pair 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.

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 14h54m50s -11°25' Libra -12.5 30'22"4
Jupiter 14h54m50s -15°23' Libra -2.5 43"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 157° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 27 May 2018
Sunrise 05:47
Sunset 20:24
Twilight ends
22:18
Twilight begins
03:53

12-day old moon
Age of Moon
12 days

All times shown in EDT.
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:16 12:20 19:25
Venus 07:59 15:31 23:03
Moon 18:42 00:03 04:50
Mars 00:29 05:17 10:04
Jupiter 18:30 23:42 04:57
Saturn 22:34 03:24 08:09

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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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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