Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

In cloudless weather you can see how the two planets will pass each other at a distance of 0.3 degrees.

Venus and Jupiter will both be visible in the eastern sky, staying low on the horizon. Met Éireann have said that there will be "a cold, bright start to Monday with frost and fog clearing". Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales. Look out to the east, focusing just above the horizon and you might be able to see the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.

Sunrise will occur mostly between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 for observers in the continental US 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.

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In Los Angeles, the conjunction will be well below the horizon when it occurs, though, on the morning of November 13, Venus and Jupiter will rise at 5:19 a.m. and 5:18 a.m., respectively.

The conjunction will be slightly more hard to watch in the United States, because sunrise comes earlier than in Britain. There are a number of sky scanning apps available for smartphones that can pinpoint the constellations and the actual position of the planets for easy viewing. Jupiter and Venus will be in the constellation Virgo, roughly southeast, and west of the moon, which will be a small crescent.

Unfortunately, the conjunction does not favour viewers in the Southern Hemisphere.

On Monday, Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye in the sky before sunrise.

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

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