Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

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

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

"This month Venus pairs up with Jupiter on the morning of November 13th, as they did in 2015 and 2016 when the two planets appeared a little closer than this year".

According to, Jupiter was largely invisible in September as it was too close to the sun's glare.

Viewers in NY will see the Jupiter rise first at 5.26am, with Venus coming at 5.31am, according to

Both the planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east and may appear like one bright star.

The two planets, which are about 416 million miles apart in the solar system, are due to rise within 0.3 degrees of each other and will "snuggle" close to each other in the morning.

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The planets should be visible for more than an hour depending on viewing conditions, though light from the sun is expected to block out Jupiter about 15 minutes before sunrise.

"Conjunctions occur when two planets share the same right ascension, the east-west longitude in the sky as measured from an observer on Earth". San Francisco's sunrise Monday is at 6:48 a.m. As a broad target time, shoot for an hour before sunrise.

On the East Coast of the U.S., the planets will rise at about 5:30 a.m. local time, according to, followed by sunrise between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., depending on your location.

"The orbit of Venus is tipped just 3.4° with respect to Earth's, Jupiter even less at 1.3°".

The planets will appear to be a distance less than the diameter of a full moon away from each other.

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