How and where to watch the planetary event — Venus-Jupiter conjunction

Venus and Jupiter conjunction 2017

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.

Viewers from anywhere in the world should look in the direction of sunrise low on the east-southeast horizon.

The public are being advised to remember that the planets will rise so close to each other that they might look like one extremely bright star.

Viewers in NY will see the Jupiter rise first at 5.26am, with Venus coming at 5.31am, according to Space.com.

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

Venus will appear together with Jupiter just before sunrise. The sun rises at 6:19am, so you'll want to be out by 5am.

To see the bright planets you'll need to wake up early, at least an hour before dawn, Monday morning.

On the East Coast of the U.S., the planets will rise at about 5:30 a.m. local time, according to Space.com, followed by sunrise between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., depending on your location.

The space agency advises caution when looking at the event, as the approaching sunrise could damage vision if people accidentally look at it, especially with enhancement devices like binoculars or telescopes.

The conjunction also happened in 2015 and 2016, when the two planets appeared even closer together.

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

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