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Jupiter Position

Jupiter is currently in the constellation of Sagittarius. The current Right Ascension is 17h 48m 24s and the Declination is -23° 15’ 18”.

17h 48m 24s
-23° 15’ 18”

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 Sagittarius on November, 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 48m 24s
Dec: -23° 15’ 18”
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 911,046,762 kilometers, equivalent to 6.089971 Astronomical Units. Light takes 50 minutes and 38.9249 seconds to travel from Jupiter and arrive to us.

911,046,762
6.089971
50 minutes and 38.9249 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 -1.85.

-1.85
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: 113.3°
Max altitude: 15.3°
Azimuth: 246.7°
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 Nov 14 17h 41m 12s -23° 11’ 51” -1.87 32.0” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 15 17h 42m 06s -23° 12’ 20” -1.87 31.9” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 16 17h 43m 00s -23° 12’ 50” -1.86 31.9” Ophiucus
2019 Nov 17 17h 43m 55s -23° 13’ 18” -1.86 31.8” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 18 17h 44m 50s -23° 13’ 45” -1.86 31.8” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 19 17h 45m 46s -23° 14’ 11” -1.86 31.8” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 20 17h 46m 41s -23° 14’ 35” -1.86 31.7” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 21 17h 47m 38s -23° 15’ 00” -1.86 31.7” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 22 17h 48m 33s -23° 15’ 21” -1.85 31.7” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 23 17h 49m 29s -23° 15’ 42” -1.85 31.6” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 24 17h 50m 26s -23° 16’ 02” -1.85 31.6” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 25 17h 51m 23s -23° 16’ 22” -1.85 31.5” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 26 17h 52m 19s -23° 16’ 38” -1.85 31.5” Sagittarius
2019 Nov 27 17h 53m 17s -23° 16’ 54” -1.85 31.5” Sagittarius