Wednesday, March 7, 2018

2018 March 7 - Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter

2018 March 7 - Close approach of the Moon and Jupiter - 09:02 UTC. The Moon and Jupiter will make a close approach, passing within 3°57' of each other. The Moon will be at mag -12.2, and Jupiter at mag -2.2, both in the constellation Libra.
March 7 - Conjunction of the Moon and Jupiter - 07:56 UTC. The Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension, with the Moon passing 4°06' to the north of Jupiter. The Moon will be 20 days old. At around the same time, the two objects will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse. The Moon will be at mag -12.2, and Jupiter at mag -2.2, 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.

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