The closest conjunction between Venus and Jupiter in more than 5 years was at the end of April 2022-04-26 14:42:00


The two planets will appear closest together around 3 p.m. EDT on April 30, with Venus 0.2 degrees south of Jupiter, According to EarthSky. The space site added that the distance is less than the diameter of the moon.

By May 1, the planets will have continued on their path and it will appear as if they are spreading out Far from the view of the Earth.

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter occurs once a year, but this year the two planets will look much closer than they normally would, said Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University in Houston.

Conjunction is when two planets appear touching in the sky from the point of view of the Earth, According to NASA.

The last time the two planets came close to conjunction this year was in August 2016, although they are difficult to see due to their proximity to the sun, according to Hartigan.

On the nights before conjunction, the moon will slowly become less visible as it transits to a new moon on April 30, According to NASA.
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Although the conjunction occurs towards the end of the month, viewers can already see the two planets slowly creeping toward each other. And EarthSky said that on April 27, the distance between them will be 3.2 degrees.

According to EarthSky, Mars and Saturn will align roughly north of Venus and Jupiter, which means astronomers will be able to see four planets while viewing the conjunction. Alignment means that the planets form a line between them, but they do not appear remarkably close to each other like a conjunction.

“Venus and Jupiter are usually the brightest planets in the sky, so they can make a great show when they’re in close association. It’s a beautiful sight and easy for everyone to see,” Hartigan said.

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The early morning hours of April 30 and May 1 will provide great viewing opportunities, according to EarthSky, and you won’t need a telescope to view them.

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In the Northern Hemisphere, Hartigan said, viewers should look along the southeast horizon just as dawn begins, but while it’s still dark enough to see some stars.

EarthSky said that Southern Hemisphere star watchers will also be able to see the conjunction under the same conditions, with the exception of Venus and Jupiter above the eastern horizon.

Unlike in the northern hemisphere, Venus will appear above Jupiter on April 30 and below Jupiter on May 1 in the southern hemisphere, according to Hartigan.

Since the moon will not be lit, it will be easier to see the two planets almost touching in the sky. This is as long as the sky is clear, because inclement weather would prevent the pairing from being visible.