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Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Conjunctions feed
Jupiter and Mars will share the same right ascension, with Jupiter passing 42' to the north of Mars.
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 03:53 (EDT) – 3 hours and 0 minutes before the Sun – and reaching an altitude of 21° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 06:37.
Jupiter will be at mag -2.1, and Mars at mag 0.9, 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 Jupiter and Mars 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 67° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.
The sky on 20 Mar 2020
|The sky on 20 March 2020|
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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.
|10 Jun 2019||– Jupiter at opposition|
|14 Jul 2020||– Jupiter at opposition|
|19 Aug 2021||– Jupiter at opposition|
|26 Sep 2022||– Jupiter at opposition|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.