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🌎  Observing from: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Jupiter

Jupiter is currently in the constellation of Cetus. The current Right Ascension of Jupiter is 00h 28m 41s and the Declination is +01° 50’ 34” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Jupiter is -2.16 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Jupiter [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

00h 28m 41s
+01° 50’ 34”
Cetus
-2.16

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Additional information about Jupiter available on TheSkyLive:

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Jupiter Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Jupiter finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Jupiter in Cetus on February, 09 2023
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Jupiter in Cetus on February, 09 2023
Field of view: 10x6 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, 60 arcmin wide, showing where Jupiter is right now. Click on the image to see a more detailed fullscreen tracker view.

Jupiter
RA: 00h 28m 41s
Dec: +01° 50’ 34”
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 832,208,207 kilometers, equivalent to 5.562968 Astronomical Units. Light takes 46 minutes and 15.9478 seconds to travel from Jupiter and arrive to us.

832,208,207
5.562968
46 minutes and 15.9478 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 3.952566 Astronomical Units, or 591,295,396 kilometers:

Mon Sep 26 2022
591,295,396
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 -2.16.

-2.16
34.7”

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: 88.1°
Max altitude: 40.4°
Azimuth: 271.9°

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
2023 Feb 02 00h 23m 36s +01° 16’ 31” -2.18 35.2” Pisces
2023 Feb 03 00h 24m 19s +01° 21’ 11” -2.18 35.1” Pisces
2023 Feb 04 00h 25m 00s +01° 25’ 54” -2.17 35.0” Pisces
2023 Feb 05 00h 25m 42s +01° 30’ 38” -2.17 35.0” Pisces
2023 Feb 06 00h 26m 26s +01° 35’ 26” -2.17 34.9” Cetus
2023 Feb 07 00h 27m 09s +01° 40’ 14” -2.16 34.8” Cetus
2023 Feb 08 00h 27m 51s +01° 45’ 05” -2.16 34.7” Cetus
2023 Feb 09 00h 28m 36s +01° 49’ 58” -2.16 34.7” Cetus
2023 Feb 10 00h 29m 20s +01° 54’ 51” -2.15 34.6” Cetus
2023 Feb 11 00h 30m 05s +01° 59’ 48” -2.15 34.5” Cetus
2023 Feb 12 00h 30m 50s +02° 04’ 45” -2.14 34.4” Cetus
2023 Feb 13 00h 31m 35s +02° 09’ 45” -2.14 34.4” Cetus
2023 Feb 14 00h 32m 20s +02° 14’ 45” -2.14 34.3” Cetus
2023 Feb 15 00h 33m 06s +02° 19’ 49” -2.13 34.2” Cetus