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

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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.

Those hoping to watch the display are advised to find a high spot with a clear view of the eastern sky, as the planets will only rise about 11 degrees above the horizon.

The moon shines along with Venus, glowing in the centre of the image is Venus and, to its right, Jupiter.

However, while it might look like worlds are about to collide, Venus and Jupiter will in reality be hundreds of millions of miles apart.

Both the planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east and may appear like one bright star.

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Per the BBC, the best viewing opportunity in the United Kingdom will be 40 minutes before sunrise in the southeast sky.

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

It is the unusual proximity that will make the event bigger, although Venus will still be 246 million kilometers from Earth, while Jupiter is almost 594 million miles away from us.

Significantly closer and visible to Jupiter's lower left is Venus, appearing through Earth's atmospheric clouds as unusually blue.

Since the event will be followed by the rising sun, viewers should protect their eyes and make sure never to stare directly at the sun through binoculars or a telescope. For those watching from the UK, Venus will rise at 5:56 am and Jupiter can be seen at 5:58 am.

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