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Conjunction of Jupiter and Pluto

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Jupiter and 134340 Pluto will share the same right ascension, with Jupiter passing 0°41' to the north of 134340 Pluto.

From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 17:13 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 26° above your southern horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 3 hours and 59 minutes after the Sun at 20:53.

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Jupiter will be at mag -2.1, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.2, 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 19h39m40s -21°55' Sagittarius -2.1 34"7
134340 Pluto 19h39m40s -22°36' Sagittarius 15.2 0"0

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 59° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 15 November 2020
Sunrise
06:53
Sunset
16:55
Twilight ends
18:28
Twilight begins
05:20

30-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

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30 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:20 10:45 16:11
Venus 04:15 09:56 15:36
Moon 07:24 12:25 17:27
Mars 15:05 21:25 03:48
Jupiter 11:22 16:09 20:56
Saturn 11:35 16:25 21:15
All times shown in EST.

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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