Venus, Jupiter conjunction tomorrow: Set your alarms for 45 minutes before sunrise

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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.

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.

On Monday, Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye in the sky before sunrise. This week, another conjunction of Venus and Jupiter is occurring and is visible to much of planet Earth to the east just before sunrise.

Conjunctions between Venus and Jupiter are far from rare events - taking place at mean intervals of 13 months.

A BBC report said Venus and Jupiter will be best seen by those living in the mid-northern latitudes, including India.

Venus will be 152 million miles (246 million km) from us, while Jupiter is almost four times farther away, at 594 million miles (956 million km), the portal said.

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Observers will have to have an uninterrupted view to the south-east as the planets will be very low in the sky.

In the United Kingdom, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before sunrise.

The conjunction will be slightly more hard to watch in the United States, because sunrise comes earlier than in Britain.

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. From the point of view of Earth, it will seem as if the two planets are colliding with each other.

In the video from JPL, the narrator notes that skywatchers should be careful because the sun will rise on the heels of the planets, and of course, you should never look directly at the sun, especially with binoculars or a telescope.

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