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Set your alarm for this heavenly meeting Tuesday morning


Of Brian Lada, AccuWeather Meteorologist and Staff Writer
January 17, 2019, 2:29:39 EST

Jupiter and Venus will shine together before dawn on Tuesday in an astronomical event known as conjunction.

"A conjunction is a heavenly event in which two planets or a planet and the moon or a planet and a star appear almost together in the night sky," according to the NASA site.

The close encounters between Jupiter and Venus in the sky appear on a regular basis, most recently occurring on November 13, 2017.

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Jupiter and Venus will appear in the south-east sky before dawn on Tuesday. (Imagine / EarthSky)

It will be hard to miss the two planets in the south-east sky, morning Tuesday morning, Venus being the brightest of the two.

"The conjunction Jupiter and Venus will be light enough to see from any location, even in large cities," NASA reported.

The two planets will rise together, climbing over the horizon until 5 am. local.

Although they will appear next to each other in the sky, the two planets will actually be over 400 million miles away.


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Following the eclipses of Sunday night, while the cloudy weather, the stellers in the Northeast United States will have much better viewing conditions for the planetary meeting Tuesday morning.

"The sky will be largely clear in much of the country east of the Mississippi, but the coldest temperatures up this winter are expected," AccuWeather Astronomy Blogger Dave Samuhel said.

Samuel also expects the clearest weather in California, which leads to good viewing conditions.

"A storm over the rivers will bring clouds from the four corners to the northern plains," Samuhel said. "Some clouds could also affect the northwest, depending on the next storm."

If it's too cloudy Tuesday morning to see the conjunction, people can look for the planets in the same part of the sky before dawn in the coming days, because Jupiter and Venus will still look next to each other.

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There is no need for special equipment to show the two planets in the sky before the dawn, because they are bright enough to see them naked, even in cities with high light pollution. However, a telescope or pair of binoculars will reveal some extra details, such as Jupiter's four biggest months.

These months, known as the Galilean months, will look like small stars that surround Jupiter.

Some telescopes may also allow viewers to see cloud formations in the atmosphere of the planet, and maybe even the famous Grand Red Spot.

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Planet Venus, the bottom and center of Jupiter, illuminate the sky above Matthews, N.C., Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo / Chuck Burton)

Jupiter and Venus will move slowly further into the night sky, but before dawn on January 31, the early dawns will be treated with another close encounter.

The crescent moon will appear incredibly close to Venus in the south-east sky. Venus and moon will appear so close to each other that they will fit easily in the same field of view for those looking through the lens of a telescope or binoculars.

The following morning, the thin moon moon will fall in line with Jupiter, Venus and Saturn in the same area of ​​the sky.

Those missing from the conjunction of next week will only have to wait until November 23, 2019 to see Venus and Jupiter meet again in the night sky.

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