See the moon meet up with Jupiter tonight (Jan. 25)

On Wednesday (Jan. 25) the moon will meet up with the solar system’s largest planet Jupiter in the night sky. The two astronomical objects will share the same right ascension in 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 to the 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 indicating particularly bright objects over Earth.

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