Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Science | By Hubert Green

Venus and Jupiter will appear together in the sky

Venus and Jupiter will appear together in the sky

The two planets will be positioned right next to each other in the sky, with Jupiter sitting slightly higher up than Venus.

The two planets are actually over 400 million miles apart but will rise within 0.3 degrees of each other at their closest.

Two of the brightest objects in our night sky will come together early Monday morning, according to NASA.

The close pairing of the two brightest planets is known as the Venus-Jupiter conjunction. "So these close conjunctions are destined to occur", according to Sky and Telescope. As most planets in the Solar System orbit the Sun on a similar plane, from the Earth's point of view, they follow a more or less similar travel path across the sky.

Stargazers in the Ireland will get over an hour of viewing time before light from the sun hides the planets and a clear horizon, preferably on top of a hill or balcony is being reccomended as an ideal spot to watch the passing.

Clouds should be clearing by Monday, but it might still be too cloudy for a clear view of the planets.

"Bright Jupiter will emerge from the dawn glare to meet even brighter Venus", writes EarthSky.org.

The phenomenon, known as the Venus-Jupiter conjunction, will happen just before sunrise on November 13 or November 14, depending on where you live in the world.

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.

The two worlds will only be visible for a short time before sunrise and won't climb more than about 7 degrees above the horizon.

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