Here is What the Celestial Event Means — Venus Jupiter conjunction

Mindy Sparks
November 12, 2017

Sometimes, the sky may seem to smile over much of planet Earth.

In a very rare treat for stargazers, the two planets will be passing each other which will be visible in the eastern sky about an hour before sunrise, staying low on the horizon.

Both Venus and Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye, though a telescope of powerful pair of binoculars will give a clear view - if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Jupiter's moons.

The planets are bright enough to be seen without the need for specialised instruments. Some also call it "the kiss "between the two planets". It will be a spectacular event as the two bright objects are seen floating close to each other. Neither planet will have risen for observers on the U.S. East Coast by then - that won't happen for another few hours, at about 5:30 a.m. EST (1030 GMT).


According to space.com, Venus will rise in Ireland around 5:56am on Monday morning and will be followed closely by Jupiter at 5:58am. From the western U.S., when they rise, the gap between the planets will have widened slightly, to 21 arc minutes (0.35 degrees), the online portal Space reports. There are a number of sky scanning apps available for smartphones that can pinpoint the constellations and the actual position of the planets for easy viewing.

Sunrise will occur mostly between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 for observers in the continental US according to timeanddate.com; if the horizon is relatively flat, skywatchers can get a good view of the two planets (unobscured by the sun's direct light) until daybreak.

Unfortunately, the conjunction does not favour viewers in the Southern Hemisphere. There is a story swirling around the internet that Nasa has said that this will cause 15 days of darkness on the planet. However, all these theories are pure false and the upcoming celestial event will not affect anyone adversely.

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