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

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 02:38, when they rise to an altitude of 8° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 06:29, 28° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:49, 28° above your southern horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.1; and Jupiter will be at mag -2.2. Both objects will lie in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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 17h33m50s -20°47' Ophiuchus -12.1 30'27"7
Jupiter 17h32m50s -22°39' Ophiuchus -2.2 38"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 101° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 26 March 2019
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Twilight begins

20-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


20 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:14 12:02 17:50
Venus 05:41 11:03 16:25
Moon 00:55 05:52 10:49
Mars 09:19 16:32 23:45
Jupiter 01:45 06:29 11:13
Saturn 03:31 08:19 13:08
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.

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