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Venus-Jupiter conjunction: How and where to watch the planetary event

Venus-Jupiter conjunction: How and where to watch the planetary event

As seen a year ago, the two planets will appear like a giant, bright ball of glob.

Venus and Jupiter will rise together about an hour before sunrise in the eastern sky, but will remain low on the horizon.

The moon shines along with Venus, glowing in the centre of the image is Venus and, to its right, Jupiter.

The two planets, which are about 416 million miles apart in the solar system, are due to rise within 0.3 degrees of each other and will "snuggle" close to each other in the morning.

Per the BBC, the best viewing opportunity in the United Kingdom will be 40 minutes before sunrise in the southeast sky.

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Venus will appear together with Jupiter just before sunrise.

To see the bright planets you'll need to wake up early, at least an hour before dawn, Monday morning.

Experts note that to observe the convergence of Venus and Jupiter and other planets will be possible only in clear and cloudless weather, and only in the morning. The sun rises at 6:19am, so you'll want to be out by 5am. This will be the closest distance from the two planets throughout the year, an astronomical event known as a conjunction.

The space agency advises caution when looking at the event, as the approaching sunrise could damage vision if people accidentally look at it, especially with enhancement devices like binoculars or telescopes.

"The orbit of Venus is tipped just 3.4° with respect to Earth's, Jupiter even less at 1.3°".


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