Yesterday morning, the planets decided to reward those who woke up early by displaying a unique and rare show in the sky. The spectacle was provided by Venus and Jupiter, two planets situated extremely far away from each other. However, this time, they looked as if one of them appeared on top of each other.
Venus and Jupiter will come close to each other once again
Venus and Jupiter are the brightest planets in the Solar System, so it’s usually easy to spot them in the night sky. What occurs more rarely is seeing both of them on the sky at the same time, so people should not miss such a show. This time, NASA spotted them at a distance of only 0.3 degrees from each other, which is less than a full moon’s diameter.
This sounds like something really worth seeing, and some might have not gotten the chance to enjoy it. Fortunately, there’s still a chance, as Venus and Jupiter will remain close on the sky. Therefore, get up early this morning, and look for them about 45 minutes before sunrise. Unfortunately, the view won’t be as flawless as before, since they will no longer be as close to each other.
The conjunction is visible before dawn
What Venus and Jupiter will perform is called a conjunction. This event doesn’t occur rarely, but they usually don’t get so close. When they reach the closest point of the conjunction, they will appear in the form of a beautiful double star.
The brightness of the planets will allow you to watch them without any special equipment. However, since the phenomenon occurs at dawn, be careful with the sun, and don’t look directly into it as it’s rising. If you still cannot watch the show of the planets, there were plenty of photographers who captured beautiful images of the conjunction.
— NASA JPL (@NASAJPL) November 12, 2017
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