This week, two planets will appear to collide in the sky


Venus and Jupiter will appear to almost collide in the skies at the end of the month.

The two planets, which are millions of miles apart, seem to have been inching closer and closer to each other recently.

The phenomenon is known as a conjunction.

Venus and Jupiter will appear to move closer together by April 30/May 1 as part of a planetary conjunction.
Venus and Jupiter will appear to move closer together by April 30 as part of a planetary conjunction. (AP)

NASA describes a conjunction as a time when two planets appear to touch each other in the sky when seen from the Earth’s point of view.

The Venus and Jupiter conjunction usually happens about once a year, and this time the planets are set to appear even closer than they have in the past.

For stargazers in Australia, it will be visible from anywhere between April 30 and May 1 as long as the sky is clear.

Matt Woods from the Perth Observatory says the best time to see it will be around 4am and 5am local time in the state that you’re living in.

“Four or five is the best time to go out. Just go outside and go outside in the front yard or backyard. That’s the easiest way to see it,” Mr Woods said.

“It’s going to be high enough by four or five that it will be above any trees or anything like that and it’s quite noticeable.”

Jupiter is normally millions of miles away from Venus, but at least once a year it moves close to Venus and the two planets appear to almost be touching.
Jupiter is millions of miles from Venus, but at least once a year it appears the two planets move close together. (AP)

Mr Woods said the proximity of the planets will depend on where in the world you’re looking at them from.

“But they will still be very close together.”

He also added that having a telescope would be ideal to be able to properly see the Venus-Jupiter conjunction.

But he said for those without a telescope it would still be possible to see the planetary phenomenon.

“If you’ve got binoculars, you can see them with binoculars, and even with the naked eye,” Mr Woods said.

In Victoria, a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter event is even being held at Lake Wendouree in Ballarat at 5am on May 1 as part of Dark Sky Week in the state.

After May 1, the planets will continue on their individual paths and appear as if they are moving far away when looked at from Earth.

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