Venus and Jupiter are about to meet in the sky

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    Venus and Jupiter are having an impressive meeting in the morning sky just before dawn this week. However, this will not be an easy event to view. The two planets are low in the eastern sky.

    Venus' time in the morning sky is ending. It remains bright but has been sinking during the past couple of months. Meanwhile, Jupiter has been hidden behind the sun. Now over the past two weeks it has been rising rapidly in the eastern sky. Now Jupiter will have a very close encounter with Venus as it begins its morning appearance.

    The two planets meet on Monday morning in the constellation Virgo, below the bright star Spica. They will be only about 0.3 degrees apart. This means they both will easily fit in the field of view of telescopes and binoculars.

    They will be difficult to view. The planets are only about 7 degrees high, so you will need to find a spot with a good view of the horizon. To see them, face the southeast sky between 6 and 6:15 a.m. Venus is the brighter of the two. Look for Jupiter to the right of Venus.

    While you are outside looking for these planets, you can also search for Spica, Virgo's brightest star. Mars is here, too, but due to its distance it is not very bright. The crescent moon is also present and during the next few days will pass by Mars and then can be found near Jupiter and Venus on Thursday and Friday mornings.

    New Jersey native and moonwalker Buzz Aldrin will be the grand marshal in today's New York City Veterans Day Parade. This year's parade honors the U.S. Air Force's 70 thanniversary. After serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, Aldrin was selected as a NASA astronaut and was the second person to set foot on the moon in July 1969. The Parade will be broadcast live from 12 - 3 pm on PIX11 , American Forces Network and atMilitary.com .

    N.J. Night Sky: Jupiter meets Venus before dawn
     

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