Title: Moon and Jupiter Set to Dazzle New York City’s Night Sky Tonight
New York City, NY – Get ready for a celestial show tonight as the moon and Jupiter form a dazzling conjunction in the night sky. Starting from 10 p.m. EDT until just before 11:52 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 5, residents of the Big Apple will have the opportunity to witness this awe-inspiring event.
Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system, will be positioned just above and to the right of the moon. Both will be nestled within the Aires constellation, creating a captivating scene for stargazers.
Interestingly, Monday evening’s moon will be in its waning gibbous phase, with approximately 64% of its surface illuminated by the sun. On the other hand, the gas giant Jupiter will be within 3 degrees of the moon, or about the width of two fingers held at arm’s length.
Don’t be deceived by the moon’s dominance in terms of size. Even though Jupiter has a diameter of around 89,000 miles – over 11 times that of Earth – the moon will outshine it in the night sky. In fact, Jupiter’s width will appear relatively smaller when placed side by side with the moon, which measures around 2,200 miles across.
Furthermore, it’s worth noting that Jupiter’s moon is larger than both our moon and the planet Mercury. This added spectacle makes the conjunction between the moon and Jupiter all the more captivating.
While binoculars are recommended to fully experience the majesty of this celestial rendezvous, a word of caution: despite their proximity in the night sky, the moon and Jupiter will still appear too widely separated to be seen together in the narrow field of view offered by most telescopes.
For those interested in capturing this memorable event through photography, guides are readily available to help you find the right equipment. Wide-angle binoculars, telescopes, and camera equipment specially designed for photographing the moon and planets will enhance your viewing experience.
So whether you’re an astronomy enthusiast or simply someone who appreciates the wonders of the universe, be sure to set aside some time tonight to witness the captivating close approach of the moon and Jupiter in New York City’s night sky.
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