The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 0°55' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 26 days old.
From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 04:32 (EDT) – 2 hours and 10 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 15° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:26.
The Moon will be at mag -10.5, and Jupiter at mag -1.9, both in the constellation Sagittarius.
The pair will be a little too widely separated to fit comfortably 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 43° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 19 February 2020|
26 days old
All times shown in EST.
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.
|27 Dec 2019||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|14 May 2020||– Jupiter enters retrograde motion|
|14 Jul 2020||– Jupiter at opposition|
|12 Sep 2020||– Jupiter ends retrograde motion|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.