Venus and Jupiter’s ‘double kiss’ in the night sky

Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 1:28 PM CST
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The day after the ‘Blood Moon’ occurs on January 20 and 21, there will be a close pairing, or conjunction, of a couple of our planets in the solar system.

Early on Tuesday, January 22, Venus and Jupiter will be visible in the pre-dawn hours, just 2.4 degrees apart from each other, in the eastern sky. This event is being called the "double kiss".

This occurrence will happen twice throughout 2019. If you miss the late January opportunity, you’ll have another chance on November 24 as these planets will be even closer at roughly 1.4 degrees from each other.

Interestingly enough, Venus and Jupiter rank as the third and fourth brightest celestial bodies, after the sun and the moon, in our solar system. This upcoming occurrence on January 22, will be especially favorable because Venus will be as far as it can get from our rising sun (roughly 46 degrees west of our sun).

Wake up early on Tuesday, January 22, and look for this sky spectacle!

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