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

Dominic Ford, Editor
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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°53' to the north of Jupiter. The Moon will be 21 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 02:29, when they reach an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 06:11, 26° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 06:29, 26° above your southern horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.1, and Jupiter at mag -2.2, both in the constellation Ophiuchus.

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 17h32m50s -20°45' Ophiuchus -12.1 30'28"2
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 102° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 26 March 2019
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20-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


20 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:00 11:48 17:35
Venus 05:25 10:44 16:03
Moon 00:33 05:34 10:32
Mars 08:54 16:12 23:31
Jupiter 01:33 06:11 10:49
Saturn 03:22 08:04 12:46
All times shown in EDT.


The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 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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