Venus and Jupiter will appear very close together in the morning sky today - less than 0.3 degrees apart. Get up early and try to spot them rising in the eastern sky before sunrise! The apparent distance between the two bright planets will appear to be less than the diameter of the full moon, which measures half a dgeree (.5) in the sky!

You can check out a detailed observing guide on Earthsky for more details.

You can also use the Exploring Our Solar System banner and activity to demonstrate how the movement of the planets in our solar system creates these spectacular pairings. 

image of Venus and Jupiter and their position in the morning sky courtesy Earthsky
image of Venus and Jupiter and their position in the morning sky courtesy Earthsky
 

Date: Monday, 11/13/2017

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