Rare cosmic appearance in the early morning sky

Rare cosmic appearance in the early morning sky

Rare cosmic appearance in the early morning sky

The painted message sequence, indicating the exact time of the appearance of Mars, Jupiter, Venus and the moon in the morning sky in each of those days.

A clear sky is preferred in order to get the best glimpse of the conjunction.

Venus will rise at 5.56am in the United Kingdom, with Jupiter following two minutes later at 5.58am. However, it needs a clear sky to watch the spectacle so the places witnessing unclear weather will truly miss the event.

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Jupiter and Venus will make an early morning conjunction. This week, another conjunction of Venus and Jupiter is occurring and is visible to much of planet Earth to the east just before sunrise.

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The planets will be slightly further apart and will appear in the constellation Virgo.

Unfortunately, the conjunction does not favour viewers in the Southern Hemisphere. As a broad target time, shoot for an hour before sunrise.

No matter where you are, experts recommend travelling to a rural location away from any light pollution.

The apparent distance between these two planets on Sunday morning will be more than halved and they will be separated by less than one degree, and on Monday morning, they will appear closest together and rising in tandem, side by side - Venus on the left and a dimmer Jupiter on the right.

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