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Jupiter Position

Jupiter is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 18h 56m 10s and the Declination is -22° 45’ 50”.

18h 56m 10s
-22° 45’ 50”

Simplified sky chart showing where Jupiter is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars and constellations (see full screen Online Planetarium)

Map showing Jupiter in Sagittarius on January, 29 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Higher precision deep sky finder chart showing where Jupiter is right now (view fullscreen)

Jupiter
RA: 18h 56m 10s
Dec: -22° 45’ 50”
Deep sky finder chart for Jupiter
Field of view: 60x40 arcmins
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Also check out Where is Jupiter?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Jupiter in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Jupiter Distance

The distance of Jupiter from Earth is currently 909,937,458 kilometers, equivalent to 6.082556 Astronomical Units. Light takes 50 minutes and 35.2246 seconds to travel from Jupiter and arrive to us.

909,937,458
6.082556
50 minutes and 35.2246 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Jupiter from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Jupiter from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth. The value of the distance of Jupiter from Earth is also available as a real time updated value in the Live Position and Data Tracker.

Closest approach of Jupiter to Earth

Between January 2013 and December 2100 the closest approach of Jupiter to Earth happens on Mon Sep 26 2022 at a distance of 3.95256563 Astronomical Units, or 591,295,403 kilometers:

Mon Sep 26 2022
591,295,403
3.952566

NOTE: values for the closest approach are computed with a sampling interval of 1 day.

Jupiter brightness

The current visual magnitude of Jupiter is -1.87.

-1.87
31.7”

The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Jupiter, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Jupiter between January 2013 and December 2100

Jupiter rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Jupiter rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 112.8°
Max altitude: 15.7°
Azimuth: 247.2°
Jupiter is below the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Jupiter touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Jupiter Physical Data

The following shows the known values of the most important physical parameters of Jupiter. Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Physical Parameter Value Relative to Earth
Diameter 139822 km 10.9733
Mass 1898.13 x 1024 kg 317.8281
Density 1.3262 gr/cm3 0.2405
Escape Velocity 60.2 km/s 5.3798
Sideral Rotation 9.9250 hours 0.4147
Absolute Magnitude -9.4
Geometric Albedo 0.52

Jupiter 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Jupiter computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Jupiter in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Apparent DiameterDiameter Constellation
2020 Jan 22 18h 48m 38s -22° 54’ 33” -1.85 31.4” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 23 18h 49m 36s -22° 53’ 30” -1.86 31.5” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 24 18h 50m 34s -22° 52’ 27” -1.86 31.5” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 25 18h 51m 32s -22° 51’ 21” -1.86 31.5” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 26 18h 52m 29s -22° 50’ 16” -1.86 31.6” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 27 18h 53m 26s -22° 49’ 09” -1.86 31.6” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 28 18h 54m 24s -22° 48’ 01” -1.86 31.6” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 29 18h 55m 20s -22° 46’ 51” -1.87 31.7” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 30 18h 56m 17s -22° 45’ 42” -1.87 31.7” Sagittarius
2020 Jan 31 18h 57m 15s -22° 44’ 30” -1.87 31.7” Sagittarius
2020 Feb 01 18h 58m 10s -22° 43’ 18” -1.87 31.8” Sagittarius
2020 Feb 02 18h 59m 08s -22° 42’ 06” -1.88 31.8” Sagittarius
2020 Feb 03 19h 00m 02s -22° 40’ 51” -1.88 31.9” Sagittarius
2020 Feb 04 19h 00m 59s -22° 39’ 37” -1.88 31.9” Sagittarius