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Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 2°31' of each other. The Moon will be 12 days old.

From Cambridge, the pair will be visible in the evening sky, becoming accessible around 16:33 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 16° above your eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 21:48, 60° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 03:55, when they sink below 8° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.7; and Jupiter will be at mag -2.8. Both objects will lie in the constellation Aries.

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 02h17m30s +14°59' Aries -12.7 31'56"2
Jupiter 02h21m40s +12°40' Aries -2.8 47"4

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 154° from the Sun, which is in Scorpius at this time of year.

The sky on 25 November 2023
Sunrise
06:46
Sunset
16:15
Twilight ends
17:54
Twilight begins
05:07

12-day old moon
Waxing Gibbous

95%

12 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:33 12:53 17:13
Venus 02:58 08:41 14:24
Moon 15:07 22:23 04:23
Mars 06:37 11:21 16:05
Jupiter 14:57 21:48 04:43
Saturn 12:25 17:40 22:55
All times shown in EST.

Source

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.

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