Venus and Jupiter before sunup

The 2 brightest planets are easy to spot in the east before dawn now. Plus they’re getting closer! The Venus-Jupiter conjunction will come on the morning of January 22.

Bright planets over dark mountainous landscape

Emma Zulaiha Zulkifli caught the brightest planets – Venus (top) and Jupiter – in the east before dawn. Taken January 12, 2019, in Kundasang, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia. Emma commented: “Worth the hike at 3 a.m. with superb friends.”

Read more: Venus-Jupiter conjunction on January 22

Read more: EarthSky’s guide to the bright planets

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Deborah Byrd