The giant planet Jupiter has become lost in the glare of the Sun and will reappear in the predawn sky in late August. Conjunction behind the Sun will occur on 2014 JUL 24. Western quadrature (90° from Sun) will be reached on NOV 14 as Jupiter reenters the late evening sky. Apparent retrograde motion will commence on DEC 09.
Jupiter’s opposition from the Sun will occur on 2015 FEB 06 when it will be out all night. That will also be the date of its closest approach (4.3462 AU) and greatest brilliance (magnitude -
The orbital planes of the four great Galilean satellites are nearly coincident with Jupiter’s equatorial plane. During this apparition those planes nearly include the Earth and Sun, thus resulting in numerous occultations, transits and shadowing events among those satellites.
Jupiter will appear near other bright planets and stars on the following dates: Venus 2014 AUG 18 & 2015 JUL 01, Mercury 2015 AUG 07 & Regulus 2015 AUG 11.
The Moon will appear to pass near Jupiter on 2014 AUG 23, SEP 20, OCT 18, NOV 14, DEC 12, 2015 JAN 08, FEB 04, MAR 03, MAR 30, APR 26, MAY 24, JUN 20, JUL 18 & AUG 15.
NOTE: Events in this article are geocentric in Universal Time unless otherwise noted.
* A meridian transit occurs when a celestial body crosses an observer’s local north-
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