Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter

2016 Apr 18

Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org

The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 2°06' of each other.

From London (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky. They will become visible at around 20:20 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 40° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 22:13, 46° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 04:04, when they sink to 8° above your western horizon.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.4, and Jupiter at mag -2.4, both in the constellation Leo.

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

The precise positions of the Moon and Jupiter at the moment of closest approach will be as follows:

Object Right Ascension Declination Constellation Magnitude Angular Size
The Moon 10h59m40s +05°43' Leo -12.4 29'43"1
Jupiter 11h02m10s +07°43' Leo -2.4 41"2

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 135° from the Sun, which is in Pisces at this time of year.


The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org

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