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Jupiter Position

Jupiter is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 19h 42m 45s and the Declination is -21° 23’ 53”.

19h 42m 45s
-21° 23’ 53”

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 March, 29 2020
Field of view: 60x30 degrees
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 = 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: 19h 42m 45s
Dec: -21° 23’ 53”
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 801,804,934 kilometers, equivalent to 5.359735 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 34.5334 seconds to travel from Jupiter and arrive to us.

801,804,934
5.359735
44 minutes and 34.5334 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 3.95256557 Astronomical Units, or 591,295,395 kilometers:

Mon Sep 26 2022
591,295,395
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 -2.13.

-2.13
36.0”

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: 111.4°
Max altitude: 17.1°
Azimuth: 248.6°
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 Mar 22 19h 38m 20s -21° 33’ 33” -2.08 35.2” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 23 19h 38m 57s -21° 32’ 13” -2.08 35.3” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 24 19h 39m 33s -21° 30’ 55” -2.09 35.4” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 25 19h 40m 09s -21° 29’ 35” -2.10 35.5” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 26 19h 40m 45s -21° 28’ 18” -2.10 35.6” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 27 19h 41m 20s -21° 27’ 02” -2.11 35.7” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 28 19h 41m 53s -21° 25’ 45” -2.11 35.8” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 29 19h 42m 28s -21° 24’ 32” -2.12 35.9” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 30 19h 43m 00s -21° 23’ 17” -2.13 36.0” Sagittarius
2020 Mar 31 19h 43m 33s -21° 22’ 05” -2.13 36.1” Sagittarius
2020 Apr 01 19h 44m 04s -21° 20’ 53” -2.14 36.2” Sagittarius
2020 Apr 02 19h 44m 36s -21° 19’ 44” -2.14 36.3” Sagittarius
2020 Apr 03 19h 45m 06s -21° 18’ 34” -2.15 36.4” Sagittarius
2020 Apr 04 19h 45m 37s -21° 17’ 26” -2.16 36.6” Sagittarius