Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

Nov 13, 2017, 00:26
Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

Sometimes, the sky may seem to smile over much of planet Earth.

Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky before dawn on Monday.

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

As seen past year, the two planets will appear like a giant, bright ball of glob. Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are not a rare event as they take place at an interval of 13 months, however this time it is the unusual proximity they will appear at, that has astonished astronomers.

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

If you have a telescope you may also just get the opportunity to catch sight of Jupiter's four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.

It is the unusual proximity that will make the event bigger, although Venus will still be 246 million kilometers from Earth, while Jupiter is nearly 594 million miles away from us.

According to space.com, Venus will rise in Ireland around 5:56am on Monday morning and will be followed closely by Jupiter at 5:58am.

The space agency advises caution when looking at the event, as the approaching sunrise could damage vision if people accidentally look at it, especially with enhancement devices like binoculars or telescopes.

Venus and Jupiter will appear together in the sky before sunrise.

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