Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Catch a cosmic feast above the skies of Manchester on Monday morning

Catch a cosmic feast above the skies of Manchester on Monday morning

This week, another conjunction of Venus and Jupiter is occurring and is visible to much of planet Earth to the east just before sunrise. Mars will appear about half way between Jupiter and the crescent moon.

They will then move off in different directions, according to Earth Sky, with Jupiter moving higher in the night sky each day while Venus moves lower.

The two planets will appear exceptionally bright and will be visible without a telescope, especially in the Northern Hemisphere.

The two planets are actually over 400 million miles apart but will rise within 0.3 degrees of each other at their closest.

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The planets should be visible for more than an hour depending on viewing conditions, though light from the sun is expected to block out Jupiter about 15 minutes before sunrise.

About an hour before sunrise on Monday morning, Venus and Jupiter will rise as one, in a spectacle that will amaze stargazers. The sun rises at 6:19am, so you'll want to be out by 5am. 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.

Since the event will be followed by the rising sun, viewers should protect their eyes and make sure never to stare directly at the sun through binoculars or a telescope.

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

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