How to See the Venus-Jupiter Conjunction on Monday

Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

A rare astronomical event was captured on camera today as Jupiter and Venus both appeared close together in the sky at sunrise.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory says that at their closest point, the planets were 0.3 degrees apart. You'll get another chance Tuesday about 45 minutes before sunrise. This distance is roughly equivalent to slightly more than half of the moon's diameter.

Telescopes are not needed to see these two bright planets in the sky during this event, but caution is urged if using one as the sun will rise during the short time to see the planets.

According to Space.com, conjunction occurs when two planets share the same right ascension, the east-west longitude in the sky as measured from Earth.

The planets appeared before dawn, with the best view said to have been from areas in the mid-northern latitudes where the two could be spotted with the naked eye.

This video explains more about the conjunction concept. For those watching from the UK, Venus will rise at 5:56 am and Jupiter can be seen at 5:58 am.

They will be further apart than this morning, with Jupiter starting to drift out of sync.

The two planets will rise roughly at the same time on November 14 - Jupiter at 5:26 a.m. ET and Venus at 5:31 a.m. ET.

Coming about 40 minutes before sunrise in the United Kingdom, the two planets will appear very close in the sky, seperated roughly by half the width of the full Moon. But here too the maximum altitude is about 11 degrees, which requires a relatively unobstructed eastern view.

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