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November 24, 2017

Stargazers capture stunning pictures of Venus and Jupiter appearing together in the morning sky


Stargazers capture stunning pictures of Venus and Jupiter appearing together in the morning sky

Stargazers were treated to the sight of Venus shining brightly alongside Jupiter in the morning…


Stargazers were treated to the sight of Venus shining brightly alongside Jupiter in the morning sky on Monday, November 13.

According to multiple reports two brightest planets in the solar system were visible to the naked eye across the some parts of the U.S., U.K. and many countries in the mid-northern latitudes.

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Just before sunrise, the planets reached “conjunction” as they passed one another at about 1/4 of a degree apart, the Royal Observatory in the U.K. said. In its advice on how to watch the phenomenon, the Observatory added that an open space with a clear view of the horizon was needed to witness it, but that it would be visible to the naked eye.

People lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the stunning sight didn’t waste time sharing pictures of it on social media.

And there’s good news if you happened to miss Monday morning’s sighting — conjunctions are not that uncommon, say the experts.

“Conjunctions are a regular occurrence where two objects in the sky appear relatively close together even though the distance from us to each of them is very different,” Astronomer Brendan Owens from the Royal Observatory Greenwich explained to Country Living.

“These events show us celestial mechanics in action as we are orbiting the Sun along with the other planets on a roughly flat plane. The planets closer to the Sun take a shorter time to orbit the Sun than those further out leading to plenty of opportunities to see a conjunction. The most spectacular of these events are when bright objects are involved such as our natural satellite, the Moon, and the brightest planets and when they appear extremely close together in the sky.”

However, Owens added that a particularly close conjunction like that of Venus and Saturn is a rarer occurrence.

“These two bodies were separated in the sky by just over half the apparent size of the full moon in the sky,” he said. “Although they won’t be as close tomorrow they will be easily identifiable low down towards the east southeast before sunrise, weather permitting, as two bright star-like objects.”


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Stargazers capture stunning pictures of Venus and Jupiter appearing together in the morning sky


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