How to view from Bay Area — Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

Venus-Jupiter conjunction is taking place Monday morning and it's going to be beautiful

Look out to the east, focusing just above the horizon and you might be able to see the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. It happens every 13 months. with 2016 being the latest.

- Venus and Jupiter will meet in the morning hours of Monday to offer a pleasant sight for Bay Area sky-gazers.

Coming about 40 minutes before sunrise in the United Kingdom, the two planets will appear very close in the sky, seperated roughly by half the width of the full Moon.

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.

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter is on National Geographic's Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017.


The planets, which orbit the sun about 416 million miles apart, will be just 17 arcminutes from each other when viewed from Earth.

In the June 30, 2015, above, Venus and Jupiter come close together in a spectacular conjunction. Locally sunrise is at 6:51 a.m., so the optimum time is 6:05 a.m. Viewers should look toward the direction of sunrise (very low), according to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

On the East Coast of the U.S., 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. "So these close conjunctions are destined to occur", according to Sky and Telescope.

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

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