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Rare cosmic appearance in the early morning sky

Waning Moon, with Venus below and Jupiter aside, on 15 July 2012, 04:30 (UTC+2) as seen from Corte, Corsica.
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November 12, 2017 - 2:39 PM

You have a chance to witness another rare cosmic display tomorrow but you'll have to be up early to see it.

Tomorrow, Nov. 13, two of our solar system's brightest planets will be unusually close at dawn.

Venus and Jupiter are neighbouring planets and if you look closely you will be able to see them moving closer together.

"You can't miss bright Venus in the predawn sky," says Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. "This month Venus pairs up with Jupiter on the morning of November 13th, as they did in 2015 and 2016 when the two planets appeared a little closer than this year." 

This event should take place on the horizon shortly after 6 a.m.

Binoculars will help you see the event, however, don't forget to protect your eyes.

Jones says, "Don't aim your binoculars directly at the sun and don't look at the approaching sunrise with your unaided eyes or telescopes."

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter is on National Geographic's Top 7 Must-See Sky Events for 2017.

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