The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°48' to the north of Jupiter. 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.
The Moon will be at mag -12.5, and Jupiter at mag -2.6, both in the constellation Taurus.
The pair 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.
A graph of the angular separation between the Moon and Jupiter around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 126° from the Sun, which is in Virgo at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 October 2024|
19 days old
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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The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.