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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°35' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 8 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 evening sky, becoming accessible around 19:01 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 25° above your southern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 19:48, 26° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 23:30, when they sink below 7° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.1, and Jupiter at mag -2.4, 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 19h15m30s -24°20' Sagittarius -12.1 31'03"3
Jupiter 19h15m30s -22°44' Sagittarius -2.4 40"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 104° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 25 September 2020
Sunrise
06:43
Sunset
18:45
Twilight ends
20:17
Twilight begins
05:11

8-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

62%

8 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:57 14:14 19:32
Venus 03:14 10:09 17:04
Moon 15:56 20:30 00:05
Mars 19:48 02:18 08:44
Jupiter 15:11 19:48 00:30
Saturn 15:38 20:21 01:08
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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