Venus Jupiter conjunction: Here is What the Celestial Event Means

Buzz Aldrin salutes the U.S. flag on the Moon July 1969. NASA  Neil A. Armstrong

Buzz Aldrin salutes the U.S. flag on the Moon July 1969. NASA Neil A. Armstrong

Sky gazers and space enthusiasts will be up for a treat as Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky just before dawn.

To spot the close pairing of Venus and Jupiter, no matter where you live in the world, sky-gazers should look in the direction of sunrise very low on the east-southeast horizon, according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Jupiter and Venus will pass within 17 arc minuites or 0.28 degress of each other.

However, while it might look like worlds are about to collide, Venus and Jupiter will in reality be hundreds of millions of miles apart. It will be a spectacular event as the two bright objects are seen floating close to each other.

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

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The distance between the two planets is approximately 416 million kilometers but for this time it will appear like they are orbitting the Sun side by side. The next one is expected on 22 January 2019. Mars will appear about half way between Jupiter and the crescent moon.

Venus will be 152 million miles (246 million kilometers) from us, while Jupiter is almost four times farther away, at 594 million miles (956 million km).

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 Venus-Jupiter conjuction for 2017 - when two of the brighest planets in the night's sky come together -is taking place on Monday morning. Seeing the sun through a telescope or binoculars can cause serious eye Problem without proper sun filters.

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