Tonight, skygazers across the United States will be treated to a rare celestial event as Jupiter and Venus appear to ‘kiss’ in the night sky.
The two planets, the brightest in the night sky, will be in alignment, appearing close together in the sky. This phenomenon is known as a conjunction and is a result of the planets’ orbits bringing them close together.
The conjunction of Jupiter and Venus is visible to the naked eye, and will appear as two bright lights. It will be visible from sundown until the early hours of the morning, and will be best viewed from the Midwest and East Coast.
This event is a rare opportunity for skywatchers to catch a glimpse of the two planets, and is expected to draw crowds of people.
“This is a great opportunity for people to get out and observe the night sky,” said John Miller, an astronomer at WISN Milwaukee. “It’s also a great chance to teach kids about the planets and the night sky.”
The conjunction of Jupiter and Venus is expected to be visible from most parts of the United States, and will be best viewed from the Midwest and East Coast.