Jupiter-Moon Conjunction Lights Up the Skies on March 13th

11th Mar 2024
Jupiter-Moon Conjunction Lights Up the Skies on March 13th

As the sun dips below the horizon on the evening of March 13th, stargazers are in for a treat with a dazzling Jupiter-Moon conjunction gracing the western sky.


On both March 13th and 14th, the waxing crescent moon and Jupiter will share the night, casting a radiant glow until midnight. At approximately 18:23 (GMT) in London, gaze toward the southwestern horizon, where the Moon and Jupiter will share the same right ascension.

Jupiter & moon conjunction
Credit: earthsky.org

The Moon, adorned with a gentle glow as a 4-day-old crescent, will pass just 3°35′ to the north of Jupiter. As dusk transitions to darkness, the pair will ascend to a height of 37° above the southwestern skyline. Witness their celestial waltz until they gracefully set at 22:37. If you’re outside of the UK, check your local time of sundown to witness the conjunction.

The pair will be too widely separated to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but the naked eye or a pair of binoculars will offer a breathtaking view of this cosmic alignment. The conjunction promises an enchanting spectacle, setting the stage for two nights of celestial beauty.

Adding to the celestial showcase, the Pleiades star cluster, often referred to as the Seven Sisters or tiny dipper will also grace the scene. March 14th will be particularly special as the moon nestles especially close to the Pleiades before they bid adieu around midnight.

Tips for Optimal Viewing Jupiter-Moon Conjunction

man observing the night sky
A man observing the night sky.

To enhance your experience of celestial conjunctions, consider these tips:

  1. Find a Dark Spot: Escape light pollution by heading to a location away from city lights for clearer visibility.
  2. Use Binoculars: While visible to the naked eye, binoculars can magnify the details of the conjunction, offering a closer look at the celestial pair.
  3. Check the Weather: Ensure clear skies for optimal stargazing by keeping an eye on the weather forecast.
  4. Bring a Sky Map or App: Familiarize yourself with the night sky and the locations of Jupiter and the Moon using a star map or a stargazing app.

Don’t miss this celestial rendezvous – mark your calendar and step outside for a front-row seat to the mesmerizing Jupiter-Moon conjunction on March 13th!

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