Venus-Jupiter Conjunction: how to view from Bay Area

On Monday morning Venus and Jupiter will be only 0.3 degrees apart in the morning sky before dawn. They are in the constellation

At 6.53am if the dawn sky is clear, you will be able to witness a close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.

If you miss it, the next conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be on January 22, 2019, according to In the Sky. Mars will appear about half way between Jupiter and the crescent moon.

For those watching from the UK, Venus will rise at 5:56 am and Jupiter can be seen at 5:58 am. It happens every 13 months. with 2016 being the latest.

Though the two planets appear to be close together from our viewpoint on Earth, they are actually hundreds of millions of miles away from each other, according to a 2015 article from NASA on a previous encounter between the two planets.

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In the United Kingdom, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before sunrise. Essentially, they move on a path that is roughly similar, making it appear that they are close together. The planets will stay visible for about an hour until sunrise at 7:15 a.m. local time.

Observers will have to have an uninterrupted view to the south-east as the planets will be very low in the sky.

On the East Coast of the USA, the planets will rise at about 5:30 a.m. local time, according to Space.com, followed by sunrise between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., depending on your location. That is smaller than the diameter of the moon according to Earth Sky.

Typically the best stargazing conditions involve dark skies; however, Jupiter and Venus will shine brightly enough that they can be spotted even from large cities.

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