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Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 1°30' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 24 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 dawn sky, rising at 04:00 (EST) – 2 hours and 58 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 20° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:40.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.3, and Jupiter at mag -2.1, both in the constellation Sagittarius.

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 19h36m00s -23°09' Sagittarius -11.3 30'22"6
Jupiter 19h36m00s -21°38' Sagittarius -2.1 34"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 66° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.

The sky on 18 March 2020
Sunrise
06:57
Sunset
19:01
Twilight ends
20:34
Twilight begins
05:25

24-day old moon
Waning Crescent

29%

24 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:57 11:19 16:42
Venus 08:38 15:49 23:01
Moon 04:12 08:48 13:24
Mars 04:00 08:38 13:17
Jupiter 04:00 08:43 13:25
Saturn 04:25 09:13 14:01
All times shown in EDT.

Source

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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