Published: Sun, November 12, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

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

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

The moon shines along with Venus, glowing in the centre of the image is Venus and, to its right, Jupiter.

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.

It is, however, not the first time this celestial event has occurred.

Viewers from anywhere in the world should look in the direction of sunrise low on the east-southeast horizon.

The Venus-Jupiter conjuction for 2017 - when two of the brighest planets in the night's sky come together -is taking place on Monday morning.

The planets, which orbit the sun about 416 million miles apart, will be just 17 arcminutes from each other when viewed from Earth.


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

Astromners advise that the conjunction will be best viewed in a rural location that is isolated and away from any sort of light pollution.

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.

About an hour before sunrise on Monday morning, Venus and Jupiter will rise as one, in a spectacle that will amaze stargazers. The planets will stay visible for about an hour until sunrise at 7:15 a.m. local time.

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.

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.

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