How and where to watch the planetary event — Venus-Jupiter conjunction

Venus and Jupiter conjunction 2017

Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales.

The conjunction of these two planets can be seen towards the south east with telescopes as well as naked eye in the sky dome in the eastern horizon.

The moon shines along with Venus, glowing in the centre of the image is Venus and, to its right, Jupiter.

The public are being advised to remember that the planets will rise so close to each other that they might look like one extremely bright star. In cloudless weather you can see how the two planets will pass each other at a distance of 0.3 degrees.

Venus will be 152 million miles (246 million km) from us, while Jupiter is almost four times farther away, at 594 million miles (956 million km), the portal said.




Anyone too far west of NY will miss the actual conjunction, though Venus and Jupiter will rise hight in the sky than for the United Kingdom: 12.8 degrees and 12.9 degrees respectively.

On Monday, just before the sun rises, you have a chance to witness the most enthralling celestial event of 2017.

Stargazers in the Ireland will get over an hour of viewing time before light from the sun hides the planets and a clear horizon, preferably on top of a hill or balcony is being reccomended as an ideal spot to watch the passing.

The space agency advises caution when looking at the event, as the approaching sunrise could damage vision if people accidentally look at it, especially with enhancement devices like binoculars or telescopes.

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