How to view from Bay Area — Venus-Jupiter Conjunction

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The apparent distance between these two planets on Sunday morning will be more than halved and they will be separated by less than one degree, and on Monday morning, they will appear closest together and rising in tandem, side by side - Venus on the left and a dimmer Jupiter on the right.

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter is on National Geographic's Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017. Mars will appear about half way between Jupiter and the crescent moon.

Bay Area residents interested in witnessing the show should expect Jupiter and Venus to rise around 5:40 a.m., respectively. The phenomenon last occurred in 2016 and the year before.

The two planets are actually over 400 million miles apart but will rise within 0.3 degrees of each other at their closest.

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In the June 30, 2015, above, Venus and Jupiter come close together in a spectacular conjunction. As a broad target time, shoot for an hour before sunrise. The conjunction of these two planets can be seen towards the south east with telescopes as well as naked eye in the sky dome in the eastern horizon.

On the East Coast of the United States, 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. Seeing the sun through a telescope or binoculars can cause serious eye Problem without proper sun filters.

Typically the best stargazing conditions involve dark skies; however, Jupiter and Venus will shine brightly enough that they can be spotted even from large cities.

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