See it! Venus and Jupiter before sunup

Have you been watching the 2 brightest planets – Venus and Jupiter- inch closer in the east before sunup? Closest the morning of January 22. Venus is brighter! Photos from the EarthSky community here.

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Venus, brighter, and Jupiter, fainter, with a tree and a man pointing at the planets.

View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | The Jupiter-Venus conjunction was January 22, 2019. By January 23, Jupiter – the fainter planet – already appeared slightly above Venus in the morning sky. Jupiter will continue moving up and away from Venus before sunup. But these 2 worlds will remain close into early February, 2019. Photo by Nikunj Rawal in Jamnagar, India. Thanks, Nikunj!

Twilight background, with 2 bright planets in treetops

View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | Our friend Tom Wildoner in Weatherly, Pennsylvania, wrote on January 22, 2019: “What a pleasant sight to wake up to a day after the lunar eclipse! The planets Venus and Jupiter rising in the eastern skies over my leafless winter trees. Currently, a balmy 6 degrees Fahrenheit (-14 Celsius), still not cold enough to prevent me from getting this shot.”

Bright dots of planets, with an outline drawn to show the constellation Scorpius.

Venus and Jupiter on January 22, 2019, from Raul Cortes Espinosa in Monterrey, Mexico. On this morning – the morning of their conjunction – you could see the stars of the constellation Scorpius the Scorpion moving up behind them. Antares is Scorpius’ brightest star.

Silhouette of human head with two bright dots beside it.

View larger at EarthSky Community Photos. | A selfie from Divyanshu Rai – with planets – taken January 22, 2019, from Dehri-on-sone, Bihar, India.

Lights in a dark blue sky reflected in a dark pond.

On January 21, 2019, Asger Mollerup in Khao Wong, Kalasin, Thailand, wrote, “My pond is illuminated from the light from the full moon setting behind me. Jupiter and Venus mirror in the water together with the bright star Antares. The latter is an excellent reference point for observing how the relative positions of Jupiter and Venus changes every morning.”

Two tiny dots in a bluish sky with a pink-orange horizon

Jose Lagos captured Venus and Jupiter on the morning of January 21, 2019, from Vaals, Netherlands.

Two small round lights in a black sky seen over the top of a gray stone wall.

On January 19, 2019, Cheryl Heil photographed Venus and Jupiter over Las Cruces, New Mexico. She wrote, “Venus and Jupiter shine as they climb higher in the pre-dawn sky. Lights in Las Cruces to the east about 10 miles away are seen in the distance over the wall. Truly amazing to see these planets so close & bright!”

In the foreground, a chimney with smoke. Behind, in a twilight sky, 2 bright dots, Venus and Jupiter.

Venus and Jupiter on January 18, 2019, from Dennis Schoenfelder in Alamosa, Colorado.

Bright dots of planets and stars, plus a short streak, the satellite.

Venus (brightest), Jupiter (2nd-brightest), the star Antares in Scorpius (3rd-brightest) and a satellite flare. Peter Lowenstein caught them on January 19, 2019, from Mutare, Zimbabwe. About the satellite, he wrote: “The short trail on the 4-second exposure rules out a fast-moving meteor and the appearance on only one photograph among several taken at about 30-second intervals suggests it was not an aircraft.” 4 second time-exposure with tripod-mounted Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ60 in night scenery mode.

Silhouette of a dune with reedy plants, ocean behind, and, in the sky, 2 bright planets.

“Dawn at the beach,” wrote Jeff Majewski in Flagler Beach, Florida, on January 19. Venus is above and brighter. Jupiter is slightly fainter, below. Jupiter swept past Venus – so that the 2 brightest planets had a conjunction – on January 22. Jeff caught this image with a Samsung Galaxy S9+.

Black background with 2 bright dots, Venus and Jupiter, above town lights.

Jose Lagos wrote on January 19, 2019: “It was a beautiful, clear, crisp morning over Vaals, Netherlands, and Venus and Jupiter were lighting up the sky in a very attractive way. How beautiful is the cosmic ballet in the night sky!”

Bright planets over dark mountainous landscape

Emma Zulaiha Zulkifli caught bright planets Venus (top) and Jupiter. from Kundasang, Sabah, Malaysia, on January 12, 2019.

Bottom line: Photos of the Venus-Jupiter conjunction – January 2019 – from the EarthSky community.

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