Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Look for Bright Planets Monday Morning

Look for Bright Planets Monday Morning

"Conjunctions occur when two planets share the same right ascension, the east-west longitude in the sky as measured from an observer on Earth".

As seen previous year, the two planets will appear like a giant, bright ball of glob.

Timing is everything as the pair rise just eighty minutes before the Sun but if you leave it too late then the sky will be too bright to see them.

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You should go out about 45 minutes before sunrise, and can expect a better a view if you stand on a hilltop or balcony, according to EarthSky.

The two planets are actually over 400 million miles apart but will rise within 0.3 degrees of each other at their closest. The North Taurid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend and you have a good chance of spotting Venus and Jupiter too!

Venus will appear together with Jupiter just before sunrise. Locally sunrise is at 6:51 a.m., so the optimum time is 6:05 a.m.

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On the East Coast of the United States, the planets will rise at about 5:30 a.m. local time, according to, followed by sunrise between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., depending on your location.

- Venus and Jupiter will meet in the morning hours of Monday to offer a pleasant sight for Bay Area sky-gazers. Seeing the sun through a telescope or binoculars can cause serious eye Problem without proper sun filters.

For context, this is approximately half the diameter of the moon.

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"Bright Jupiter will emerge from the dawn glare to meet even brighter Venus", writes

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