Jupiter and Venus meet Monday morning
November 12, 2017; 11:42 AM
Look east just before sunrise Monday for a view of Jupiter and Venus side-by-side. The two planets are the brightest objects in the night sky aside from the moon. The planets will not be far from the sun, as they appear from Earth. Therefore, the sky will be brightening as the pair rises.
Jupiter and Venus are on the opposite side of the sun. The orbit of Venus never strays far from the sun. But, Jupiter has a much larger orbit. You may recall that Jupiter was in the night sky since the beginning of the year. For several months this year, Jupiter was visible all night long.
During these stretches when the moon isn't visible, Jupiter is the brightest object in the night sky. Jupiter will not be as bright as it was earlier in the year due to the added distance from Earth.
A storm system will likely spoil the show for the East Coast. High pressure will provide mostly clear skies across the Midwest where skies have been quite cloudy recently. Another storm will impact the West Coast, bringing widespread clouds to the Northwest.
The following images are snapshots of computer model forecast cloud cover maps during the approximate time of the conjunction.
Canada and Alaska
Central America and Caribbean
Enjoy your time outside! Not too many things are free anymore; however, looking at the night sky is still one of those things. Thanks for reading! Just look up, you never know what you will see.
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