The planets Jupiter and Saturn will make a close approach, passing within 4°41' of each other.
They 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 Jupiter and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the pair at the moment of closest approach 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 120° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
|The sky on 18 May 2020|
25 days old
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 May 2020||– Saturn enters retrograde motion|
|20 Jul 2020||– Saturn at opposition|
|29 Sep 2020||– Saturn ends retrograde motion|
|23 Jan 2021||– Saturn at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.