Venus and Jupiter to closely align in February

Venus and Jupiter to closely align in February Source: Google Images

If you look up at the sky on Thursday, February 11 you may be lucky enough to witness a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter.

A conjunction takes place when astral bodies move closer to one another or the moon. In reality, the planets are millions of kilometres away from one another but from the perspective of the Earth they appear to be right next to each other.

South Africans and others in the Southern Hemisphere will be able to enjoy this close encounter at about 20 to 30 minutes before sunrise on Thursday. This is when the planets will rise high enough in the morning sky to be observable. It may be tough to spot the planets in the morning sky, so make sure to focus on your timing.

The planets will appear as shining dots closely aligned in the sky and Saturn will also be drifting close by, according to National Geographic. A pair of binoculars or a telescope will assist in your viewing experience.