Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter

2016 Jun 11

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 1°25' of each other.

From London (click to change), the pair will become visible at around 21:45 (GMT) as the dusk sky fades, 32° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 4 hours and 13 minutes after the Sun at 01:28.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -11.7, and Jupiter at mag -2.0, 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 11h03m30s +05°51' Leo -11.7 30'05"3
Jupiter 11h05m20s +07°12' Leo -2.0 35"3

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 83° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.

The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of