Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky

Venus and Jupiter conjunction 2017

Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales.

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

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.

Venus and Jupiter will both be visible in the eastern sky, staying low on the horizon.

If you have a telescope you may also just get the opportunity to catch sight of Jupiter's four Galilean moons Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. This will be the closest distance from the two planets throughout the year, an astronomical event known as a conjunction.

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It is the unusual proximity that will make the event bigger, although Venus will still be 246 million kilometers from Earth, while Jupiter is almost 594 million miles away from us.

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.

Anyone too far west of NY will miss the actual conjunction, though Venus and Jupiter will rise hight in the sky than for the United Kingdom: 12.8 degrees and 12.9 degrees respectively.

On Monday, just before the sun rises, you have a chance to witness the most enthralling celestial event of 2017. Seeing the sun through a telescope or binoculars can cause serious eye damage without proper sun filters.

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