Venus and Jupitar planets to almost touch in night sky
Published: 07:24 PM, 30 April 2022 Updated: 07:25 PM, 30 April 2022
Venus and Jupiter have been drawing closer together all week; Photo: BBC/Getty Images
Two of the solar system’s brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter – will almost touch.
Venus and Jupiter will be millions of miles apart, however, from Earth, they will appear close to colliding.
This planetary conjunction takes place annually, but this year, they will appear much closer than usual, reports BBC.
According to BBC, the same spectacle won’t occur again like this until 2039.
It is learned that this planetary conjunction will be seen naked eye or binoculars should be enough to see it in a clear sky.
After Saturday, the two planets will go their separate ways as they drift apart in the coming days.
Explaining the matter, Society for Popular Astronomy Prof Lucie Green, a chief stargazer and a space scientist, said it is very exciting for astronomers and it is really a great opportunity for people to get out and have a look.
Planetary conjunction is a conjunction when two planets appear close together or even touch in the Earth’s night sky. In the days running up to Saturday, Venus and Jupiter have been gradually coming together in the sky.
The actual orbit of the planets is about 430 million miles apart but their apparent alignment seen from Earth gives the illusion that they are touching.
How to see
The peak time to see the planetary conjunction on Sunday and in the coming days, the planets will slowly move apart.
Pre-dawn is the best time, looking east before the Sunrise, the BBC reported.
The planets will be low down in the sky, close to the horizon, and hills and buildings will block the view. If you can, find a high spot and look for two dazzlingly bright spots very close together.