Jupiter to come near to Venus in a close conjunction on Monday morning

13 Nov , 2017 , 02:57 PM
Jupiter to come near to Venus in a close conjunction on Monday morning
Jupiter to come near to Venus in a close conjunction on Monday morning

Early risers to witness two of our neighbouring planets in the night sky without the help of binoculars or telescopes. Both the planets will be visible by the naked eye in the morning of November 13.

The rare incident will occur just before sunrise, so one has to wake up early in the morning. The best time to see the two planets will be around 40 minutes before sunrise on Monday morning.

Also, the planets will come too close to each other that they may look like one big star.

Jupiter and Venus will be in the constellation Virgo - that's southeast, and west of the moon. It's a small crescent.

Ade Ashford from Astronomy Now said, "If you do manage to catch Venus and Jupiter together at the start of UK civil twilight, the pair will be just 6° above the east-southeast horizon’’.

"Seeing conditions are therefore likely to be poor, but telescope users may just catch sight of Jupiter’s four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto in the configuration depicted at the top of the page’’.

Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter is one of the rarest event in the astronomical world which takes place at a mean interval of 13 months.

First Published: Monday, November 13, 2017 02:49 PM

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