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Jupiter Position

Jupiter is currently in the constellation of Ophiucus. The current Right Ascension is 17h 02m 10s and the Declination is -22° 29’ 00”.

17h 02m 10s
-22° 29’ 00”

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

Map showing Jupiter in Ophiucus on September, 21 2019
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]

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

Jupiter
RA: 17h 02m 10s
Dec: -22° 29’ 00”
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 802,105,003 kilometers, equivalent to 5.361741 Astronomical Units. Light takes 44 minutes and 35.5343 seconds to travel from Jupiter and arrive to us.

802,105,003
5.361741
44 minutes and 35.5343 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 -2.09.

-2.09
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: 112.5°
Max altitude: 16.0°
Azimuth: 247.5°
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, consideting the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmoshpere 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
2019 Sep 14 16h 58m 54s -22° 23’ 13” -2.14 36.7” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 15 16h 59m 20s -22° 24’ 01” -2.13 36.6” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 16 16h 59m 45s -22° 24’ 47” -2.12 36.5” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 17 17h 00m 12s -22° 25’ 36” -2.12 36.4” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 18 17h 00m 39s -22° 26’ 24” -2.11 36.3” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 19 17h 01m 08s -22° 27’ 12” -2.11 36.2” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 20 17h 01m 36s -22° 28’ 03” -2.10 36.1” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 21 17h 02m 06s -22° 28’ 53” -2.09 36.0” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 22 17h 02m 35s -22° 29’ 43” -2.09 35.9” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 23 17h 03m 06s -22° 30’ 33” -2.08 35.8” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 24 17h 03m 38s -22° 31’ 26” -2.08 35.7” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 25 17h 04m 09s -22° 32’ 17” -2.07 35.6” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 26 17h 04m 41s -22° 33’ 10” -2.07 35.5” Ophiucus
2019 Sep 27 17h 05m 14s -22° 34’ 01” -2.06 35.4” Ophiucus