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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°53' of each other. The Moon will be 6 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 17:41 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 59° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting at 23:30.

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The Moon will be at mag -11.6; and Jupiter will be at mag -2.3. 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 02h21m40s +16°07' Aries -11.6 32'00"2
Jupiter 02h26m20s +13°28' Aries -2.3 37"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 72° from the Sun, which is in Capricornus at this time of year.

The sky on 15 February 2024
Sunrise
06:48
Sunset
17:25
Twilight ends
18:58
Twilight begins
05:15

6-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

35%

6 days old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:34 11:31 16:29
Venus 05:28 10:15 15:02
Moon 09:55 17:09 00:24
Mars 05:43 10:29 15:15
Jupiter 09:47 16:39 23:31
Saturn 07:26 12:53 18:21
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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