Thursday, September 23, 2021

Moon near Jupiter for 2nd time in November


The moon and Jupiter paired up in the sky on Nov. 1, and they now cross the night sky in rather close proximity on Nov. 28, the November 2012 Guide to the Five Visible Planets notes in EarthSky.

In the picture at left above, we caused a slight overexposure in order to determine the location of Jupiter relative to the moon. In the picture at right, we used a more proper exposure in order to focus on the moon’s detail. Both pictures were taken within one minute of each other about one hour after sunset on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

A penumbral eclipse of the moon occurred just a few hours earlier, and the crest of the full moon occurred this morning, Nov. 28, at 8:46 a.m. Central Standard Time (14:46 Universal Time).

The Earth will pass between Jupiter and the sun in just a few days, on Dec. 2. This gives Jupiter the appearance of being even brighter than it usually is. On this night and for the next few nights, the moon will be the brightest object in the night sky, and its traveling partner, Jupiter, will be the second-brightest.

Upcoming Lunar Eclipses

  • April 25, 2013: Partial (27 min) [Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia]
  • May 25, 2013: Penumbral at 04:11 [Americas, Africa]
  • Oct. 18, 2013: Penumbral at 23:51 [Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia]
  • April 15, 2014: Total (3 hr 35 min) [Australia, Pacific, Americas]
  • Oct. 8, 2014: Total (3 hr 20 min) [Asia, Australia, Pacific, Americas]
  • April 4, 2015: Total (3 hr 29 min) [Asia, Australia, the Pacific, Americas]
  • Sept. 28, 2015: Total (3 hr 20 min) [Pacific, Europe, Africa, west Asia, Americas]
Paul Katula
Paul Katula is the executive editor of the Voxitatis Research Foundation, which publishes this blog. For more information, see the About page.

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