Dominic Ford, Editor
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Jupiter and Mercury will make a close approach, passing within 0°19' of each other.
Jupiter will be at mag -2.0; and Mercury will be at mag 0.1. Both objects will lie in the constellation Capricornus.
They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Jupiter and Mercury 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 27° from the Sun, which is in Aquarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 05 March 2021|
22 days old
All times shown in EST.
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.
|28 Jan 2021||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|19 Aug 2021||– Jupiter at opposition|
|05 Mar 2022||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|26 Sep 2022||– Jupiter at opposition|