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

Close approach of Jupiter and Mars

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The planets Jupiter and Mars will make a close approach, passing within a mere 18.4 arcminutes of each other.

From Fairfield , the pair will be visible in the dawn sky, rising at 00:53 (EST) and reaching an altitude of 47° above the eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 05:19.

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Jupiter will be at mag -2.2; and Mars will be at mag 0.8. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.

They will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also 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 Jupiter and Mars 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
Jupiter 05h00m50s 22°02'N Taurus -2.2 35"8
Mars 05h00m40s 22°20'N Taurus 0.8 6"1

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 65° from the Sun, which is in Leo at this time of year.

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Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 06:52 13:19 19:47
Venus 07:38 14:11 20:45
Moon 16:11 20:32 00:50
Mars 00:52 08:20 15:47
Jupiter 00:53 08:20 15:46
Saturn 20:58 02:37 08:16
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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