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public LocationGreenwich, UK
Sunrise: 4:42 
Transit: 13:00 
Sunset: 21:18
sunny   (Daytime)   What's Visible Now?


Above the horizon.  Rise: 3:22 | Tran: 11:12 | Set: 19:03
Altitude: 39.4°   Azimuth: 107.5°   Direction: East-South-East

Jupiter is currently in the constellation of Taurus, at a distance of 886,658,937 kilometers from Earth. The current Right Ascension of Jupiter is 04h 16m 48s and the Declination is +20° 36’ 31” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, UK). The current magnitude of Jupiter is -2.01 (JPL).

Finder chart of Jupiter in Taurus on June,22 2024
Map showing Jupiter in Taurus on June, 22 2024. Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Jupiter is the largest planet in the Solar System, located fifth from the sun. It has a diameter of 139,822 kilometers and a mass of 1.898 x 10^27 kilograms, making it more than twice as massive as all the other planets in the Solar System combined. Jupiter is a gas giant planet composed mostly of hydrogen and helium, with a small rocky core at its center. The planet has a banded appearance, with swirling cloud formations and a famous Great Red Spot, a persistent high-pressure storm in the planet's atmosphere that is larger than the size of Earth. Jupiter has a rapid rotation, with a day length of 9.9 hours, and it orbits the sun once every 11.86 Earth years. The planet has 79 known moons, including four large Galilean moons: Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. Jupiter has been explored by multiple spacecraft, including the Galileo mission and NASA's Juno mission, which is currently in orbit around the planet.

Current positions of Jupiter's Galilean moons
Position of the four major moons of Jupiter. If one or more of the moons are not visible in the image it is because right now they are behind Jupiter. For more advanced features check out the dedicated Galilean Moons page.
04h 16m 48s
+20° 36’ 31”

Today's rise, transit and set times of Jupiter from Greenwich, UK (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 69.4°
Max altitude: 59.1°
Azimuth: 290.6°
  • Jupiter is above the horizon from Greenwich, UK.
  • Right now it is placed in the East-South-East direction at an altitude of 39° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, Jupiter is visible to the naked eye, easily even from highly light polluted areas.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

If you need to access this information frequently for your observations, you can create a simple customized Quick Access page, so that you can easily bookmark it in your browser favorites or add a shortcut to your mobile phones' home screen.

Additional Resources

Jupiter Position and Finder Charts

Finder chart of Jupiter
Map showing Jupiter in Taurus on June, 22 2024
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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Higher precision deep sky finder chart, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Jupiter is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

RA: 04h 16m 48s
Dec: +20° 36’ 31”
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 from Earth

The distance of Jupiter from Earth is currently 886,658,937 kilometers, equivalent to 5.926949 Astronomical Units. Light takes 49 minutes and 17.5759 seconds to travel from Jupiter and arrive to us.

49 minutes and 17.5759 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.

Chart of the distance of Jupiter from Earth in Astronomical Units (au)

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 1 January 1600 and 30 December 2499, the closest approach of Jupiter to Earth happens on Tue Oct 16 2485 at a distance of 3.943792 Astronomical Units, or 589,982,961 kilometers:

Tue Oct 16 2485

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

Jupiter Brightness and Light Curve

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.

Chart of the magnitude of Jupiter as a function of time

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
2024 Jun 15 04h 09m 54s +20° 18’ 41” -2.00 32.3” Taurus
2024 Jun 16 04h 10m 51s +20° 21’ 12” -2.00 32.3” Taurus
2024 Jun 17 04h 11m 48s +20° 23’ 44” -2.01 32.4” Taurus
2024 Jun 18 04h 12m 46s +20° 26’ 12” -2.01 32.4” Taurus
2024 Jun 19 04h 13m 42s +20° 28’ 40” -2.01 32.4” Taurus
2024 Jun 20 04h 14m 39s +20° 31’ 05” -2.01 32.5” Taurus
2024 Jun 21 04h 15m 35s +20° 33’ 29” -2.01 32.5” Taurus
2024 Jun 22 04h 16m 32s +20° 35’ 53” -2.01 32.5” Taurus
2024 Jun 23 04h 17m 29s +20° 38’ 12” -2.01 32.6” Taurus
2024 Jun 24 04h 18m 24s +20° 40’ 32” -2.02 32.6” Taurus
2024 Jun 25 04h 19m 20s +20° 42’ 50” -2.02 32.6” Taurus
2024 Jun 26 04h 20m 17s +20° 45’ 06” -2.02 32.7” Taurus
2024 Jun 27 04h 21m 12s +20° 47’ 20” -2.02 32.7” Taurus
2024 Jun 28 04h 22m 08s +20° 49’ 32” -2.02 32.7” Taurus