Look for Bright Planets Monday Morning

Audrey Hill
November 13, 2017

You who plan to use telescopes or binoculars during the event should be careful because the sun will rise in the same sky part as Venus and Jupiter.

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 planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star.

While Venus and Jupiter are 416 million miles apart, they will appear as if the two planets are orbiting the Sun side by side for a brief period.

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.

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The press service of Roskosmos said that on the morning of 13 November, the Russians will be able to observe the convergence of Venus and Jupiter.

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 conjunction also happened in 2015 and 2016, when the two planets appeared even closer together. The planet will be visible for about an hour before the rising sunlight becomes too bright to see the planet.

For context, this is approximately half the diameter of the moon.

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