November 13th, 2017 just before sunrise, you don’t want to miss the Venus Jupiter conjunction! Witness a cosmic meeting of the sky’s two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter! Although they are millions of miles apart the planets will appear to move past each other forming what looks like a brilliant double star.
WHAT IS THE VENUS JUPITER CONJUNCTION 2017?
Conjunctions occur when two planets share the same right ascension, the east-west longitude in the sky as measured from an observer on Earth. Since the major planets all orbit the sun in nearly the same plane, from the point of view of the Earth, they travel in paths across the sky that are roughly similar.
Therefore, when conjunctions happen, the planets appear close together, usually just a few degrees apart.
Despite being some 416 million miles apart, for a brief period it will appear as if the two planets are orbiting the Sun side by side!
Monday morning, or tomorrow (to be precise) Venus and Jupiter will both rise above the horizon, following an almost identical path.
It will be incredible astronomical event, for both expert and amateur stargazers!
The planets, which happen to be two of the brightest in the solar system, will be an astonishing 0.3 degrees apart in the night’s sky.
This is equivalent to slightly more than half of the Moon’s diameter.
The cosmological website Earthsky.com states this event as “the close approach of two or more solar system bodies or a close approach of a single solar system body with another object in the sky.”
WHEN IS THE VENUS JUPITER CONJUNCTION?
The celestial phenomenon will take place about an hour before sunrise tomorrow morning (November 13).
In the UK, Venus will rise at 5.56am, with Jupiter following close behind at 5.58am.
Stargazers across Britain will be able to enjoy the conjunction for a good hour before light from the Sun obscures the view.
You can use this tool to calculate your sunrise and sunset in your country!
HOW TO WATCH THE VENUS AND JUPITER CONJUNCTION?
Similar to all astronomical events, this event will be visible best from a rural location away from light pollution.
You can see them with a naked eye, but they will be best viewed with binocular or a a telescope.
The best would be if you can find a hill or a high view where the sight is clearer.
If I were you, I would set the alarm right on time!