Here is What the Celestial Event Means — Venus Jupiter conjunction

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The close pairing of the two brightest planets is known as the Venus-Jupiter conjunction.

Sky gazers and space enthusiasts will be up for a treat as Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky just before dawn.

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

A conjunction between two or more planets or star clusters happens when they share the same right ascension in the sky and thus look near each other when they are actually not.


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

Observers will have to have an uninterrupted view to the south-east as the planets will be very low in the sky.

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

According to space.com, Jupiter was largely invisible in September as it was too close to the sun's glare.


Sunrise will occur mostly between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 for observers in the continental USA according to timeanddate.com; if the horizon is relatively flat, skywatchers can get a good view of the two planets (unobscured by the sun's direct light) until daybreak.

On the East Coast of the USA, the planets will rise at about 5:30 a.m. local time, according to Space.com, followed by sunrise between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., depending on your location.

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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.


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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