Jupiter and Venus will appear to be side-by-side over the next few days. Of course, they aren’t actually close to one another in the sky. They’re really separated by millions of miles. But from our perspective here on Earth, we see the two objects closely lined up and that’s a conjunction.
Both planets shine brightly in the night sky and will be visible (in the northern hemisphere) by looking west, just after sunset, separated by only a few degrees.
Robert Massey of the Royal Astronomical Society said: ”Although conjunctions are not that rare, the interest in this one is a result of how spectacular it is.
”Both planets are very bright in the night sky. If you know where to look, you can even see Venus in the day. The two being so close together will be beautiful. Last night they looked like two beacons.”