Jupiter to pass Venus in a close conjunction early Monday

Jupiter to pass Venus in a close conjunction early Monday

Jupiter to pass Venus in a close conjunction early Monday

The planets will be visible to the naked eye about 45 minutes before sunrise.

The two brightest planets in the Solar System were visible to the naked eye as they appeared over the United Kingdom this morning from around 6am, and were at their most visible by 7.15am.

NASA experts predicted that the two planets were so close together, it was nearly as if they appeared virtually on top of each other.

Despite being some 416 million miles apart, the astronomical phenomenon makes it appear as if the two planets are orbiting side by side.

If you missed it today Venus and Jupiter are set to rise together again tomorrow morning (Tuesday), though they will not be as close together.

They will then move off in different directions, according to Earth Sky, with Jupiter moving higher in the night sky each day while Venus moves lower. This exceptional close and bright conjunction will take place within the constellation called Virgo.

At what time can I see the Jupiter Venus conjunction?

In London, Venus rises at 5:56 a.m. and Jupiter at 5:58 a.m. on November 13, and the conjunction will occur at 6:05 a.m. But here too the maximum altitude is about 11 degrees, which requires a relatively unobstructed eastern view.

Despite being hundreds of millions of miles apart, the two planets appeared together in 2015 and 2016 - also on November 13. For scale, the graphic shows a section of the horizon two spans of an outstretched hand at arm's length wide, while the circular inset shows a simulated 100× magnification erect-image telescope view.

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