Bright Conjunction This Weekend
By Chuck McPartlin
If you look on all three mornings, you’ll be able to watch Jupiter move from a position below Venus to one above Venus. Celestial mechanics in action!
The image from Starry Night software is what the view might be like at sunrise on Monday, November 13, when the two will be at their closest. The circle shows the field of view for 10x50 binoculars. Although they may appear to be near each other from our point of view, Venus is actually 153 million miles away, with Jupiter in the background at 595 million miles away.
If the sky is steady, you may spot some of Jupiter’s four large Galilean Moons in binoculars. As the sky brightens, you should be able to see brilliant Venus well into a blue morning sky.