Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

12 November, 2017, 19:08 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Venus and Jupiter conjunction 2017

Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are far from rare events - taking place at mean intervals of 13 months.

To spot the close pairing of Venus and Jupiter, no matter where you live in the world, sky-gazers should look in the direction of sunrise very low on the east-southeast horizon, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

The painted message sequence, indicating the exact time of the appearance of Mars, Jupiter, Venus and the moon in the morning sky in each of those days.

At their closest, Venus and Jupiter will be 0.3o apart which is less than the apparent diameter of the moon (0.5o).

The two planets will appear exceptionally bright and will be visible without a telescope, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.

About an hour before sunrise on Monday morning, Venus and Jupiter will rise as one, in a spectacle that will amaze stargazers. Even after and before the conjunction the two planets will remain in close proximity of each other. Some also call it "the kiss "between the two planets".

Like any astronomical event, the conjunction will be best viewed in a rural location away from any light and pollution.

The conjunction was spotted on 27 august 2016 and in July on 2015.

Anyone too far west of NY will miss the actual conjunction, though Venus and Jupiter will rise hight in the sky than for the United Kingdom: 12.8 degrees and 12.9 degrees respectively.

It is the unusual proximity that will make the event bigger, although Venus will still be 246 million kilometers from Earth, while Jupiter is nearly 594 million miles away from us. Seeing the sun through a telescope or binoculars can cause serious eye Problem without proper sun filters.

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