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

Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 4°21' to the south of Jupiter. The Moon will be 7 days old.

At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

From Ashburn, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 17:16 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 33° above your southern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 18:28, 36° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 22:54, when they sink below 7° above your south-western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.0, and Jupiter at mag -2.4, both in the constellation Capricornus.

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 21h42m50s -19°13' Capricornus -12.0 31'25"0
Jupiter 21h42m50s -14°52' Capricornus -2.4 39"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 92° from the Sun, which is in Libra at this time of year.

The sky on 11 November 2021
Sunrise
06:48
Sunset
16:59
Twilight ends
18:31
Twilight begins
05:16

7-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

52%

7 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:55 11:14 16:33
Venus 10:46 15:11 19:36
Moon 13:43 18:42 23:42
Mars 05:52 11:09 16:26
Jupiter 13:15 18:28 23:42
Saturn 12:28 17:26 22:23
All times shown in EST.

Source

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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