Skyzagers thrilled by the total lunar eclipse on January 21 are now excited to see Jupiter and Venus close to each other. Less than 24 hours after the Full Moon eclipse ended, the two planets will dominate the southeastern skies together. Astronomers are encouraged to get their telescopes ready for early morning on Tuesday, January 22. Venus and Jupiter will appear approximately one-and-a-half hours before sunrise.
In the UK, the Sun is scheduled to peak over the horizon around 7.52am GMT tomorrow, meaning the planets will be best visible just after 7am.
During this beautiful conjunction, the two planets will sit roughly 2.4 to 2.5-degrees from another.
The unmistakable planets will appear as two bright dots of light next to the star Antares in the constellation Scorpius.
According to astronomer Bruce McClure of EarthSky.org, you “simply can’t miss these two brilliant beauties”.
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How to see Venus and Jupiter in the sky tomorrow?
Venus and Jupiter rank as the third and fourth brightest objects visible from Earth, right after the Sun and the Moon.
Tomorrow morning the two planets will appear to cross paths in the constellation Ophiuchus in the southeast skies.
For the best chances of spotting the planets, you will need to find a dark and quiet spot with an unobstructed view of the south-southeast skies.
Venus and Jupiter will hang pretty low on the horizon but their intense glow will be unmissable.
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Mr McClure said: “Conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter are quite stunning because these two worlds reign as the two most brilliant starlike points of light in the heavens.
According to Astronomy Now magazine, both planets will fit within the field of view of a standard pair of binoculars or telescope with a x20 magnification.
And if the skies in your location are crystal clear tomorrow, you will notice the bright star Antares immediately to the right of the planets.
Mr McClure said: “The upcoming morning conjunction on January 22, 2019, is especially favourable because Venus is about as far as it can get from the rising Sun – 46 degrees west of the Sun.
“By way of example, we allude to the Venus-Jupiter conjunction on August 21, 2003, which happened only one degree away from the Sun, so that Venus-Jupiter conjunction in 2003 was totally lost in the Sun’s glare.”