Venus Jupiter conjunction 2017 on November 13, all you need to know

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

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

The press service of Roskosmos said that on the morning of 13 November, the Russians will be able to observe the convergence of Venus and Jupiter.

To see the bright planets you'll need to wake up early, at least an hour before dawn, Monday morning.

The two planets, which are about 416 million miles apart in the solar system, are due to rise within 0.3 degrees of each other and will "snuggle" close to each other in the morning. From the point of view of Earth, it will seem as if the two planets are colliding with each other.

Weather permitting, for those observers who don't have any tall obstructions such as trees or buildings toward the east-northeast, this "double planet" should make for a very striking visual spectacle, no doubt attracting the attention of even those who don't give more than a casual glance at the sky, Space added. They will also remain close for a day before and after the actual conjunction.

The two brighest planets are coming together.

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Venus will rise at 5.56am in the United Kingdom, with Jupiter following two minutes later at 5.58am.

The phenomenon will be visible to the naked eye itself but if you want to have a clearer view for yourself, it's probably best to use use a telescope or binoculars. The two planets will also be fairly close to each other in the days just ahead of and just after the conjunction.

Sunrise will occur mostly between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 for observers in the continental USA according to timeanddate.com; if the horizon is relatively flat, skywatchers can get a good view of the two planets (unobscured by the sun's direct light) until daybreak. The says that skywatchers in the Southern Hemisphere are less well placed for this event as there's not "much time before it gets too bright out to see the two planets at all".

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