Venus and Jupiter will converge on the morning of 13 November

Gwen Vasquez
November 13, 2017

For those watching from the UK, Venus will rise at 5:56 am and Jupiter can be seen at 5:58 am.

The astronomical event also occurred in 2016 and 2015.

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

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

Per the BBC, the best viewing opportunity in the United Kingdom will be 40 minutes before sunrise in the southeast sky. Pictures taken at the right time show a crescent Moon that appears to be a smile when paired with the planetary conjunction of seemingly nearby Jupiter and Venus. Essentially, they move on a path that is roughly similar, making it appear that they are close together.

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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. San Francisco's sunrise Monday is at 6:48 a.m.

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.

The two worlds will only be visible for a short time before sunrise and won't climb more than about 7 degrees above the horizon.

For context, this is approximately half the diameter of the moon.

Typically the best stargazing conditions involve dark skies; however, Jupiter and Venus will shine brightly enough that they can be spotted even from large cities.

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