When worlds collide: Conjunction of moon and Jupiter

Colorado photographer captures closest alignment until 2026

A 2 a.m. wide-angle view encompasses parts of Silverthorne, the Lower Blue Valley and the Gore Range, with Jupiter showing up as a bright point to the right of the moon, and the red giant star Aldebaran to the left. Aldebaran is one of the brightest stars in the night sky.

Photography by Daniel McVey

SUMMIT COUNTY — The interwebs have been abuzz the last few days about one of the closest conjunctions of the moon and Jupiter in recent years, and last night (Jan. 21) our closest celestial neighbor and the biggest planet in the solar system passed within 1 degree of each other. We’re fortunate to have one of the best young astrophotographers right here in Summit County to capture scenes like this. I’m always psyched when I get an early morning e-mail from Daniel McVey, knowing that I’m about to be treated to a heavenly starlit view. Check out more of McVey’s photography at www.danielmcvey.com and keep up with his work on Facebook. The moon and Jupiter will be close together in the night sky again tonight, so be sure head outside for a quick peek.

In this shot, Jupiter is directly above the moon, with all four of Jupite’s moons also visible. The four Gallilean moons are so named because they were discovered by Galileo in the 1600s. They are Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto.
Conjunction of the moon and Jupiter.



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