Conjunction between the Moon and Jupiter
2018 May 27
Dominic Ford – originally published on In-The-Sky.org
The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 3°46' of each other.
From London (click to change), the pair will be visible in the evening sky. They will become visible at around 21:28 (BST) as the dusk sky fades, 17° above your south-eastern horizon. They will then reach its highest point in the sky at 23:33, 23° above your southern horizon. They will continue to be observable until around 03:16, when they sink to 8° above your south-western horizon.
At the moment of closest approach, the Moon will be at mag -12.5, and Jupiter at mag -2.5, both in the constellation Libra.
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 coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 159° from the Sun, which is in Taurus at this time of year.
The details of this observing event were provided courtesy of In-The-Sky.org