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 5°47' of each other. The Moon will be 19 days old.

From Ashburn , the pair will be visible in the morning sky, becoming accessible around 21:56, when they reach an altitude of 7° above your north-eastern horizon. They will then reach their highest point in the sky at 04:28, 73° above your southern horizon. They will be lost to dawn twilight around 07:06, 52° above your western horizon.

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The Moon will be at mag -12.5; and Jupiter will be at mag -2.6. Both objects will lie in the constellation Taurus.

They will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope or pair of binoculars, but will be visible to the naked eye.

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 05h17m30s 28°09'N Taurus -12.5 32'03"0
Jupiter 05h19m50s 22°23'N Taurus -2.6 43"8

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 127° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.

The sky on 21 Oct 2024

The sky on 21 October 2024
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19-day old moon
Waning Gibbous


19 days old

Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:35 13:44 18:52
Venus 10:29 15:15 20:00
Moon 20:28 04:29 12:34
Mars 23:33 06:54 14:15
Jupiter 21:07 04:28 11:50
Saturn 16:31 22:06 03:40
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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