Jupiter at Western Quadrature

   Tuesday April 14th the ringed giant gas planet Jupiter reaches the point along its orbit around the Sun where Jupiter would be described as being at western quadrature. It is at a 90o angle relative to the Earth and the Sun.

   Where is Jupiter currently? Jupiter rises several hours before the Sun rises and is located within the eastern side of the constellation Sagittarius the Archer. Very noticeable is the 21-day old last quarter Moon which rises just ahead of Jupiter placing the Moon about 4-5o west from Jupiter.
   Off to the left from Jupiter, or further east, are the planets Mars and Saturn. Dwarf Planet Ceres, while not visible to the naked-eye, has just risen above the horizon and within the next hour Neptune and then Mercury will rise.


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2 thoughts on “Jupiter at Western Quadrature

  1. I’m enjoying the triple action of the three planets. This morning the Moon is still bright enough and now close enough to swamp out Saturn and Mars. It’s easy to check every morning right through a window


  2. Pingback: Morning Conjunctions | Bob's Spaces

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