Jupiter is back at it again, with the solar system’s most massive planet cozying up to an almost-full moon.
Those who missed last month’s show can catch a repeat—albeit not quite as bright, since the moon isn’t yet full, and Jupiter is no longer at opposition to Earth—but the difference will be barely noticeable. The sky’s second-brightest light will be seen moving into position near the moon on Sunday March 1, shining brightly just above the eastern horizon after sunset and ascending upward throughout the night.
“If you head outside as darkness falls this evening, the bright gibbous moon will draw your attention immediately,” says Astronomy.com. “Look approximately 5° (10 moon diameters) to its left, and you’ll see a brilliant point of light: the planet Jupiter. Although the gas giant world reached opposition and peak visibility nearly a month ago (on February 6), it remains a stunning sight this week from dusk until morning twilight begins.”
In other words, it will be “close to the upper left of the moon at nightfall,” according to Stardate.org.
On Monday March 2, Jupiter will be even closer to the moon, according to Earthsky.org.
“Look for the brilliant waxing gibbous moon to pair up with the dazzling planet Jupiter as soon as darkness falls,” Earthsky.org says. “As the Earth spins eastward beneath the starry heavens tonight, it’ll cause the moon and Jupiter to travel upward and westward, until the brilliant twosome reaches its high point in the sky at late evening. They’ll continue to move westward, to set in the west just before dawn.”