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Moon and Jupiter closest May 27

Tonight – May 27, 2018 – watch for the bright waxing gibbous moon to pair up with the giant planet Jupiter. They’ll be easy to spot. Jupiter, the fifth planet outward from the sun and largest planet in our solar system, is currently the second-brightest starlike object in the evening sky, after the planet Venus (which shines in the west at dusk and early evening). Close to tonight’s moon, Jupiter will be be a beautiful sight!

The moon appears much larger than Jupiter in our sky, but that’s only because the moon is so much closer. At present, the moon lies nearly 245 thousand miles (394 thousand kilometers) away, while Jupiter lies far beyond the moon, at nearly 1,700 times the moon’s distance from Earth.

Jupiter is truly the giant world in our solar system. The diameter of Jupiter is about 11 times that of our planet Earth. But its surface area is about 121 (11 x 11 = 121) times greater than Earth’s surface area, and its volume is about 1,331 (11 x 11 x 11 = 1,331) times the volume of Earth.

Jupiter is some 318 times more massive than out planet Earth. The king planet is more than twice as massive as all the other solar system planets, dwarf planets, minor planet and moons combined.

Click here to know the moon’s present distance from Earth in kilometers, miles or astronomical units (AU). Click here or click here to find out Jupiter’s present distance from Earth in astronomical units (AU).

The planets in our solar system on May 27, 2018. The sun is the yellow ball at the center. Earth is the 3rd planet, and Jupiter is the 5th planet, from the sun. Earth passed between Jupiter and the sun on May 9, and then Jupiter was directly opposite the sun in our sky, rising at sunset. Now we’re offset from that sun-Jupiter line a bit, but Jupiter is still ascending in our eastern sky as the sun descends below our western horizon. Image via Fourmilab.

Tonight, on May 27, 2018, look for attractive evening couple – the moon and Jupiter – as soon as darkness falls. They’ll be out almost all night long.

Bottom line: On May 27, 2018, let the moon introduce you to Jupiter, the giant world that has more than twice the mass of all the other planets and moons in our solar system combined.

Bruce McClure