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

Cesar Mills
November 13, 2017

Sky gazers and space enthusiasts will be up for a treat as Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky just before dawn. The North Taurid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend and you have a good chance of spotting Venus and Jupiter too! Mars will appear about half way between Jupiter and the crescent moon.

Image caption Venus seen crossing the sun. The phenomenon last occurred in 2016 and the year before.

The public are being advised to remember that the planets will rise so close to each other that they might look like one extremely bright star.

In the United Kingdom, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before sunrise.

During their close encounter, the planets will be less than 0.3 degrees apart, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). The planets will stay visible for about an hour until sunrise at 7:15 a.m. local time. The sun rises at 6:19am, so you'll want to be out by 5am.

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Since the event will be followed by the rising sun, viewers should protect their eyes and make sure never to stare directly at the sun through binoculars or a telescope.

The two brighest planets are coming together.

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Typically the best stargazing conditions involve dark skies; however, Jupiter and Venus will shine brightly enough that they can be spotted even from large cities.

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.

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