Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°59' to the north of Jupiter. The Moon will be 13 days old.
From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 20:48 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 9° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 00:27, 26° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 04:11, when they sink below 7° above your south-western horizon.
The Moon will be at mag -12.6, and Jupiter at mag -2.6, 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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 172° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 16 June 2019|
13 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.
|10 Jun 2019||– Jupiter at opposition|
|27 Dec 2019||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|14 Jul 2020||– Jupiter at opposition|
|28 Jan 2021||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|