Jupiter to pass Venus in a close conjunction early Monday


The two planets are actually over 400 million miles apart but will rise within 0.3 degrees of each other at their closest. Jupiter and Venus will be in the constellation Virgo, roughly southeast, and west of the moon, which will be a small crescent.

The planets should be visible for more than an hour depending on viewing conditions, though light from the sun is expected to block out Jupiter about 15 minutes before sunrise.

The two planets Venus and Jupitar will get together in a brief passing moment in the November sky and early risers can get a clear view of the eastern horizon. The says that skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere are less well placed for this event as there's not "much time before it gets too bright out to see the two planets at all".

In the pre-dawn hours, the two brightest planets in our solar system, Venus and Jupiter, will appear to move past each other forming what looks like a bright double star.

The conjunction will be slightly more hard to watch in the United States, because sunrise comes earlier than in Britain.

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Venus is known as the brightest planet and it always follows up as the second one and will be "snuggling "with Jupiter".

Jupiter and Venus will pass within 17 arc minuites or 0.28 degress of each other.

People residing in the United Kingdom will be able to watch the conjunction foor a good one hour as Venus will rise at 5:56 AM and Jupitar at 5:58 AM. You won't need a telescope, but a pair of binoculars will make seeing the planets easier.

The actual conjunction (the point at which the planets are closest together in the sky) will happen at 1:05 a.m. EST (0605 GMT) on November 13.

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