Here is What the Celestial Event Means — Venus Jupiter conjunction

Olive Hawkins
November 12, 2017

Those hoping to watch the display are advised to find a high spot with a clear view of the eastern sky, as the planets will only rise about 11 degrees above the horizon.

According to, Venus will rise in Ireland around 5:56am on Monday morning and will be followed closely by Jupiter at 5:58am.

Jupiter and Venus, two of the brightest planets in our solar system, will be coming close together for some time before dawn on Monday, November 13.

A telescope is not required to view the planet as both are the two brightest planets in the night sky. Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are not a rare event as they take place at an interval of 13 months, however this time it is the unusual proximity they will appear at, that has astonished astronomers. Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales. For those watching from the UK, Venus will rise at 5:56 am and Jupiter can be seen at 5:58 am.

Astromners advise that the conjunction will be best viewed in a rural location that is isolated and away from any sort of light pollution.

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Though telescope users are strictly warned to be careful with the binoculars and telescope as the sun will be rising from the same side and if caught in telescope it can cause serious damage to the eyes because of no proper use of a sun filter.

As reported from Accuweather, Saturday (11/11/2017), Mars will also be seen to the east before sunrise.

At their closest, Venus and Jupiter will be 0.3o apart which is less than the apparent diameter of the moon (0.5o).

The planets will be visible to the naked eye about 45 minutes before sunrise.

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.

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