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 (EST) 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.
Jupiter will be at mag -2.1, and 134340 Pluto at mag 15.1, 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|
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|
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All times shown in EST.
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.
|15 Jul 2020||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|14 Jan 2021||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
|18 Jul 2021||– 134340 Pluto at opposition|
|16 Jan 2022||– 134340 Pluto at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.