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

Lunar occultation of Jupiter

Dominic Ford, Editor
From the Lunar Occultations feed

Objects: Jupiter

The Moon will pass in front of Jupiter, creating a lunar occultation visible from Africa and the Americas. Although the occultation will only be visible across part of the world – because the Moon is so close to the Earth that its position in the sky varies by as much as two degrees across the world – a close conjunction between the pair will be more widely visible.

Unfortunately the occultation will not be visible from San Diego, though it will be visible elsewhere in the Contiguous United States.

The map below shows the visibility of the occultation across the world. Separate contours show where the disappearance of Jupiter is visible (shown in red), and where its reappearance is visible (shown in blue). Solid contours show where each event is likely to be visible through binoculars at a reasonable altitude in the sky. Dotted contours indicate where each event occurs above the horizon, but may not be visible due to the sky being too bright or the Moon being very close to the horizon.

Map showing where the occultation is visible

Outside the contours, the Moon will not pass in front of Jupiter at any time, or is below the horizon at the time of the occultation. However, a close conjunction between the pair will be visible across much of the world.

The map can be downloaded in PNG , PDF or SVG format. A KMZ file , is also available, which can be opened in Google Earth to provide a higher resolution map.

The animation below shows the path of the occultation across the Earth's globe. The red circle shows where the Moon appears in front of Jupiter.

You can download this video in MP4 or OGG format.

A complete list of the countries and territories where the occultation will be visible is as follows:

Country Time span
(UTC)
The Contiguous United States 08:14–09:33
Canada 08:23–09:45
Democratic Republic of the Congo 11:23–12:32
Mali 10:20–11:55
Angola 11:22–12:33
Mauritania 09:59–11:44
Nigeria 10:56–12:12
Namibia 11:39–12:33
Zambia 11:34–12:33
Algeria 10:16–11:32
Niger 10:46–11:55
Central African Republic 11:19–12:15
Cameroon 11:10–12:17
Botswana 11:40–12:33
Tanzania 11:34–12:28
Republic of the Congo 11:18–12:27
Ivory Coast 10:36–12:06
Western Sahara 09:58–11:25
Burkina Faso 10:38–11:59
Gabon 11:14–12:25
Chad 11:19–12:03
Guinea 10:22–11:57
Ghana 10:44–12:08
Morocco 10:03–11:09
Uganda 11:35–12:18
Senegal 10:09–11:46
Benin 10:51–12:07
Zimbabwe 11:38–12:33
Mexico 08:24–08:57
Cuba 08:25–09:03
Liberia 10:36–12:03
Sudan 11:39–12:03
Sierra Leone 10:29–11:54
Togo 10:49–12:07
Guinea-Bissau 10:18–11:44
Burundi 11:34–12:23
Equatorial Guinea 11:11–12:18
Bahamas 08:21–09:14
Rwanda 11:34–12:21
Kenya 11:38–12:14
South Africa 11:54–12:23
The Canary Islands 09:48–11:06
Gambia 10:14–11:41
Cape Verde 09:52–11:21
The Portuguese Azores 09:16–10:32
Sao Tome and Principe 11:11–12:19
Turks and Caicos Islands 08:44–09:00
Saint Pierre and Miquelon 08:45–09:42
Bermuda 08:27–09:36
Madeira 09:52–10:49
The Savage Islands 09:53–11:00
Mozambique 11:38–12:22

Lunar occultations are only ever visible from a small fraction of the Earth's surface. Since the Moon is much closer to the Earth than other celestial objects, its exact position in the sky differs depending on your exact location on Earth due to its large parallax. The position of the Moon as seen from two points on opposite sides of the Earth varies by up to two degrees, or four times the diameter of the full moon.

This means that if the Moon is aligned to pass in front of a particular object for an observer on one side of the Earth, it will appear up to two degrees away from that object on the other side of the Earth.

The position of Jupiter at the moment of the occultation will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
Jupiter 09h31m00s 15°20'N Leo -1.9 0'32"

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0.

Next/previous occultations

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Visible from the Contiguous United States Worldwide Worldwide Visible from the Contiguous United States
08 Sep 2026 08 Sep 2026 Occultations of Jupiter 02 Nov 2026 14 May 2034
08 Sep 2026 05 Oct 2026 Occultations 14 Oct 2026 20 Jun 2027

The sky on 6 Oct 2026

The sky on 6 October 2026
Sunrise
06:43
Sunset
18:26
Twilight ends
19:48
Twilight begins
05:21

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Planets
Rise Culm. Set
Mercury 08:44 14:04 19:23
Venus 08:52 13:58 19:03
Moon 02:35 09:31 16:18
Mars 01:18 08:16 15:14
Jupiter 02:35 09:18 16:01
Saturn 18:25 00:32 06:39
All times shown in PDT.

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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