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See the Moon and Jupiter get close in the small hours of 21 May

19 May 2019, 14:02 UTC
See the Moon and Jupiter get close in the small hours of 21 May
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Observers in the UK with clear skies around 1am BST on Tuesday, 21 May can see Jupiter, the solar system’s largest planet, just 4 degrees from the waning gibbous Moon low in the south-southeast. At this time both the Moon and Jupiter fit within the same field of view of binoculars magnifying less than 10×, seen against the constellation backdrop of Ophiuchus, the Serpent Bearer. Look for first-magnitude star Antares in the adjacent constellation of Scorpius just 13 degrees to the right of Jupiter. AN graphic by Ade Ashford.Keen skywatchers in Western Europe and the British Isles will already be aware of a bright ‘star’ low in the southeast shortly after local midnight. The object is, of course, a planet – none other than the solar system’s largest, Jupiter. Any potential confusion as to its identity is resolved in the small hours of Tuesday, 21 May when the waning gibbous Moon lies nearby.
Shining conspicuously at magnitude -2.6, Jupiter is already brighter than any star visible in the nighttime sky, the planet fast approaching its closest approach to Earth for the year. Opposition to the Sun occurs on 10 June, but Jupiter and Earth are nearest two days later at ...

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