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

Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter

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The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 5°12' to the north of Jupiter. The Moon will be 1 days old.

From Fairfield, the pair will become visible around 20:38 (EDT) as the dusk sky fades, 10° above your western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 1 hour and 28 minutes after the Sun at 21:46.

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The Moon will be at mag -9.0, and Jupiter at mag -1.9, 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 Moon 05h46m20s +28°25' Taurus -9.0 32'46"2
Jupiter 05h46m20s +23°12' Taurus -1.9 31"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 20° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The sky on 28 May 2025
Sunrise
05:22
Sunset
20:18
Twilight ends
22:18
Twilight begins
03:22

1-day old moon
Waxing Crescent

5%

1 day old

Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 05:16 12:40 20:04
Venus 03:24 09:50 16:16
Moon 06:12 14:29 22:41
Mars 10:53 17:56 01:00
Jupiter 06:43 14:15 21:46
Saturn 02:35 08:32 14:28
All times shown in EDT.

Warning

Never attempt to point a pair of binoculars or a telescope at an object close to the Sun. Doing so may result in immediate and permanent blindness.

Source

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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