The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 4°13' of each other. The Moon will be 5 days old.
They 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 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 69° from the Sun, which is in Ophiuchus at this time of year.
|The sky on 09 December 2021|
5 days old
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.
|19 Aug 2021||– Jupiter at opposition|
|05 Mar 2022||– Jupiter at solar conjunction|
|26 Sep 2022||– Jupiter at opposition|
|20 Jan 2023||– Jupiter at perihelion|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.