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

Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 1°58' of each other. The Moon will be 20 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 23:33 (EDT) and reaching an altitude of 50° above the southern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks around 05:15.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.2; and Jupiter will be at mag -2.6. Both objects will lie in the constellation Cetus.

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.

At around the same time, the pair will also share the same right ascension – called a conjunction.

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 Moon 00h36m00s +00°14' Cetus -12.2 31'17"7
Jupiter 00h32m20s +02°00' Cetus -2.6 42"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 107° from the Sun, which is in Gemini at this time of year.

The sky on 18 July 2022
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19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


19 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:41 13:08 20:35
Venus 03:39 11:09 18:39
Moon 23:19 05:10 11:11
Mars 00:50 07:39 14:28
Jupiter 23:32 05:42 11:52
Saturn 21:46 02:56 08:05
All times shown in EDT.


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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