Rare Jupiter and Venus pairing to be seen before dawn Monday morning

Venus and Jupiter conjunction 2017

Venus and Jupiter conjunction 2017

The astronomical event also occurred in 2016 and 2015.

On Monday morning, the two planets will appear to be less than a degree apart from our vantage point on earth according to Space.com. The North Taurid Meteor Shower peaks this weekend and you have a good chance of spotting Venus and Jupiter too!

"You can't miss bright Venus in the predawn sky", says Jane Houston Jones from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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Stargazers in the Ireland will get over an hour of viewing time before light from the sun hides the planets and a clear horizon, preferably on top of a hill or balcony is being reccomended as an ideal spot to watch the passing.

The two worlds will only be visible for a short time before sunrise and won't climb more than about 7 degrees above the horizon. San Francisco's sunrise Monday is at 6:48 a.m.

On the East Coast of the USA, the planets will rise at about 5:30 a.m. local time, according to Space.com, followed by sunrise between 6:30 a.m. and 6:50 a.m., depending on your location.

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Both Venus and Jupiter will be visible to the naked eye, though a telescope of powerful pair of binoculars will give a clear view - if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of Jupiter's moons.

The planets will appear to be a distance less than the diameter of a full moon away from each other.

They will come closest together and reach their actual conjunction at 1:05 a.m.

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Typically the best stargazing conditions involve dark skies; however, Jupiter and Venus will shine brightly enough that they can be spotted even from large cities.

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