Jupiter co-stars with the moon in tonight’s sky

The nearly full moon joins Jupiter tonight. This map shows the sky facing east around 7 p.m. local time. The two will be just 4.8 degrees apart later this evening. Stellarium

The moon’s steady eastward progress puts it in Jupiter’s vicinity tonight. Always cool when the two brightest lights in the evening sky get together. They add extra sparkle and interest to a night’s walk.

Telescope users can watch the largest moon Ganymede exit the Jupiter’s shadow after eclipse. You’ll see the first glimmer of the moon very close to the east edge of the planet directly across from the North Equatorial Belt beginning around 9:20 p.m. CST (10:20 Easter, 7:20 Pacific). ¬†Watch as it quickly swells to its usual brightness in just a few minutes.

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My name is Bob King and I work at the Duluth News Tribune in Duluth, Minn. as a photographer and photo editor. I'm also an amateur astronomer and have been keen on the sky since age 11. My modest credentials include membership in the American Association of Variable Star Observers (AAVSO) where I'm a regular contributor, International Meteorite Collectors Assn. and Arrowhead Astronomical Society. I also teach community education astronomy classes at our local planetarium.

One thought on “Jupiter co-stars with the moon in tonight’s sky

  1. Ah! I was shooting Jupiter and its moons last night…up until 9pm! Had I known I would have suffered in the cold for a bit longer.

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