Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

  • Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

Early Monday morning, you have the chance to see the two move very close together.

Venus, which is the much smaller of the two planets, appeared larger and brighter due its closer proximity to Earth, being 162 million miles away compared to 365 million miles to Jupiter. The two planets will be positioned right next to each other in the sky, with Jupiter sitting slightly higher up than Venus.

Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are far from rare events - taking place at mean intervals of 13 months.

Stargazers today (Nov. 13) might have noticed Jupiter and Venus appear to be on a collision course as the morning sun began its roasting of the pre-dawn sky. Viewers in NY will see the Jupiter rise first at 5.26am, with Venus coming at 5.31am, according to Space.com.

Venus will rise at 5.56 GMT, followed by Jupiter two minutes later, with the actual moment of conjunction occurring at exactly 06.05 GMT. For most Aussies, the celestial display will only be visible for approximately 15 minutes before sunrise and won't climb more than about 7 degrees above the horizon. But here too the maximum altitude is about 11 degrees, which requires a relatively unobstructed eastern view. For scale, the graphic shows a section of the horizon two spans of an outstretched hand at arm's length wide, while the circular inset shows a simulated 100× magnification erect-image telescope view.

Interesting fact: the planets are actually over 400 million miles apart, making the illusion of closeness even more cool.