Venus Jupiter Conjunction 2017: The brightest stars in the constellation which humans can see with a naked eye are Venus and Jupiter. The two stars will be crossing each other in the sky just before the sunrise. VENUS and Jupiter will put on a spectacular display overnight when they rise above the horizon in conjunction. 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.
Both Jupiter and Venus should be visible just before sunrise on Monday, November 13. The two planets will be just 16 arc minutes apart – that’s half the width of a full moon. Forecasters predict a clear day in the North East. With “excellent” visibility in remote locations and “very good” visibility in cities like Newcastle, it should be a perfect chance to see two of the solar system’s planets without having to use binoculars or a telescope.
Venus Jupiter Conjunction 2017 Early Monday:
Jupiter and Venus should be visible from around an hour-and-a-half before sunrise. The best time to see the two planets is ‘civil twilight’, which is when the sun is six degrees below the horizon. Venus and Jupiter will come within a mere 17 arcminutes of each other, and remain close for a day before and after the conjunction itself.
Where to Watch USA:
The conjunction will be slightly more difficult to watch in the United States, because sunrise comes earlier than in Britain. Viewers in New York will see the Jupiter rise first at 5.26am, with Venus coming at 5.31am, according to Space.com. The planets will be slightly further apart and will appear in the constellation Virgo. Anyone too far west of New York will miss the actual conjunction, though Venus and Jupiter will rise hight in the sky than for the UK: 12.8 degrees and 12.9 degrees respectively.
Where to Watch UK:
In London, Venus rises at 5:56 a.m. and Jupiter at 5:58 a.m. on Nov. 13, and the conjunction will occur at 6:05 a.m. The sun rises later than in New York, at 7:15 a.m. local time, so London observers get a full hour and 10 minutes of planet viewing plus the moment of conjunction itself. But here too the maximum altitude is about 11 degrees, which requires a relatively unobstructed eastern view.
Where to Watch in Other Parts:
In Buenos Aires, Argentina, the conjunction happens at 3:05 a.m. local time, but Venus and Jupiter don’t get above the horizon until 5:08 a.m. and 5:07 a.m., respectively. (In the Southern Hemisphere, their rising order is reversed.) Sunrise is at 5:41 a.m., so there’s not much time before it gets too bright out to see the two planets at all, and neither one gets more than 7 degrees above the horizon.
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