Early risers will note that Jupiter & Venus have been approaching each other in the deep-morning twilight of the eastern sky. Jupiter ascends ever higher each morning while Venus settles lower onto the horizon. The two worlds cross paths on the morning of November 13th when they will be about a half-moon width apart.
This is not an easy conjunction because the planets are only 14° from the sun and below the horizon at the start of twilight. In mid-northern latitudes they’ll reach 5° above the horizon about 40-minutes before sunrise. In the mid-northern Tropics, where the ecliptic is nearly vertical this time of year, they’ll be only 3¾° above the horizon at that time. Locations further south will find the planets progressively lower-down to the horizon.
An astronomical telescope can help the viewing by resolving the disks of the planets. With our portable, short focal-length APO refractors and wide field eyepieces, most any combination of Tele Vue scope and eyepiece can accomplish this while placing these two celestial bodies in the same field of view.
- Tele Vue telescope start page
- Tele Vue eyepiece start page
- Tele Vue FoneMate smartphone adapter (mobile site)
- Nagler 3-6mm Planetary Zoom (mobile site)