Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 3°56' of each other. The Moon will be 2 days old.
From Ashburn, the pair will be difficult to observe as they will appear no higher than 13° above the horizon. They will become visible at around 18:53 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 13° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 41 minutes after the Sun at 20:17.
The Moon will be at mag -10.1, and Jupiter at mag -1.8, 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 closest approach will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 35° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
|The sky on 11 October 2018|
2 days old
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.
|08 May 2018, 20:28 EDT||– Jupiter at opposition|
|10 Jun 2019, 11:17 EDT||– Jupiter at opposition|
|14 Jul 2020, 03:48 EDT||– Jupiter at opposition|
|19 Aug 2021, 20:18 EDT||– Jupiter at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.