See the moon meet Jupiter tonight (January 25)

See the moon meet Jupiter tonight (January 25)

On Wednesday (Jan. 25), the moon will meet the solar system’s largest planet, Jupiter, in the night sky. The two astronomical objects will share the same right ascension on the sky in an arrangement that astronomers call a “conjunction.” At the same time, the moon and Jupiter will also make a close approach, technically called an appulse.

According to In-the-Sky (opens in new tab), the 5-day-old waxing crescent moon will pass less than 2 degrees south of Jupiter during the conjunction, while the two objects will be in the constellation of Pisces. The moon will have a magnitude of -11.2 and Jupiter -2.2, with the minus prefix pointing to particularly bright objects above the Earth.

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