Venus and Jupiter Will Appear to Collide in Annual Planetary Conjunction

Venus and Jupiter will appear to collide with each other in the sky at the end of the month.

According to EarthSky, Venus will be 0.2 degrees south of Jupiter on April 30, set to continue on their courses by May 1 and will appear to be spread farther apart from Earth’s perspective.

Patrick Hartigan, a Rice University physics and astronomy professor, explained that the Venus-Jupiter conjunction occurs once a year, however, this year the two planets will appear much closer than usual.

NASA revealed that the moon will gradually become less visible in the evenings running up to the conjunction as it transitions to a new moon on April 30.

Hartigan also said that the last occasion the two planets appeared closer than this year’s conjunction was in August 2016, however it was more difficult to view due to the planets’ proximity to the sun.

According to NASA, a conjunction occurs when two planets appear to touch in the sky from Earth’s perspective.

“Venus and Jupiter are typically the two brightest planets in the sky, so they can put on quite a show when they are in close conjunction. It is a beautiful sight and easy for everyone to see,” said Hartigan.

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