Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter

2016 Nov 25

Dominic Ford – originally published on

The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 1°50' of each other.

From London (click to change), the pair will be visible in the dawn sky. They will rise at 03:02 (GMT), 4 hours and 32 minutes before the Sun, and attain an altitude of 29° above the south-eastern horizon before fading from view as dawn breaks at around 07:08.

At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -10.6, and Jupiter at mag -1.8, both in the constellation Virgo.

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 13h01m30s -03°18' Virgo -10.6 29'35"4
Jupiter 12h59m10s -05°03' Virgo -1.8 31"7

The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 47° from the Sun, which is in Scorpius at this time of year.

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