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The Double-Star Show by Jupiter and Venus

A flurry of UFO sightings early on Monday could result due to a dazzling conjunction of Jupiter and Venus.

A spectacular ‘double star’ hanging low on the north eastern horizon will be formed by the two brightest planets in the sky.

Pre-dawn Meet For Jupiter and Venus Photo Credit: Flickr

Pre-dawn Meet For Jupiter and Venus
Photo Credit: Flickr

At around 5 am shortly before sunrise, the dazzling conjunction of Jupiter and Venus will appear only 0.2 degrees apart – less than half the width of a little finger held out at arm’s length.

The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will be the closest one since 2000.

Police and Ministry of Defense switchboards could be kept busy with reports of UFO with the combined brightness of Jupiter and Venus and their low position in the sky.

Robin Scagell, vice-president of the Society for Popular Astronomy, said: “They will be so close together that it’s going to be quite a striking sight.

“Undoubtedly people could mistake them for a UFO, especially being so low down. They might appear to move around because of the distortion effect of the atmosphere.”

The planets are actually separated by hundreds of millions of miles though they appear to be kissing distance apart as seen from the Earth.

The conjunctions of Jupiter and Venus vary greatly in separation and visibility besides they pair up once a year on average. They occur in daylight and that is the reason for being missed completely.

The Jupiter Venus conjunction will be less close when it is due to occur on June 30 next year.

Venus will appear six times brighter than Jupiter even though its diameter is less than a tenth that of the larger planet, which measures 86.881 miles across during the conjunction on Monday.

The Venus is more brighter because of its closer to Earth and also nearer the Sun, causing its clouds to be lit more intensely.

Though a small telescope promises a dramatic view, a pair of binoculars will heighten the conjunction experience.

As Jupiter appears three times wider, the Venus will mimic a tiny full moon. Four brightest moons strung out in a row will also accompany the Jupiter.

The view of the Jupiter Venus conjunction should be seen from a high unobstructed vantage point for an ideal view.

“People who have buildings, hills or trees in the way might miss it, but even a roof top in London should offer a good view,” said Mr Scagell.

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