The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.

Conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto

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Jupiter and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Jupiter passing 41' to the north of 134340 Pluto.

From Fairfield , the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 22:38, when they reach an altitude of 7° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 02:22, 26° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 04:58, 16° above your south-western horizon.

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Jupiter will be at mag -2.7, and 134340 Pluto at mag 14.9, 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 through a pair of binoculars.

A graph of the angular separation between Jupiter and 134340 Pluto 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
Jupiter 19h45m10s -21°31' Sagittarius -2.7 45"9
134340 Pluto 19h45m10s -22°12' Sagittarius 14.9 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 159° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 25 Jun 2020

The sky on 25 June 2020
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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:13 13:29 20:44
Venus 03:43 10:51 17:58
Moon 09:41 16:57 00:02
Mars 00:44 06:35 12:26
Jupiter 21:40 02:22 07:05
Saturn 21:59 02:46 07:34
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.

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Image credit

The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.






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