Gas Giant Jupiter and rocky Venus will pair up for a rare and close alignment, also known as Conjunction. The phenomenon has not been seen in the past 14 years.
Star gazers will have to rise early if they want to view this rare spectacle on Monday morning. Jupiter and Venus will pass each other in a rare cosmic alignment much akin to a cosmic kiss between the two planets. The two planets will seem to be so close to one another that it will not be able to differentiate them with the naked eye. However a telescope or binoculars will enable the planets to be observed in one field of view.
Jupiter and Venus are separated by vast distances and the proximity of the two celestial objects is deceptive. The two planets are also alike as cheese and chalk. Jupiter is a huge ball of gas and is composed mostly of Hydrogen and Helium. The equatorial radius of the planet is 71492 Km and its mass is 2.5 times the mass of all the planets of the solar system put together. Venus is rocky planet much similar to Earth in terms of gravity and size. Jupiter is also four times distant than Venus from Earth. The diameter of Jupiter is 12 times that of Venus and in spite of the huge distance from Earth, it will still appear bigger in diameter. Jupiter has one of the biggest families of satellites which numbers 63 while Venus does not have any.
However Venus is closer to Sun and therefore it beats Jupiter when it comes to its brightness, when seen from Earth. The two members of the solar system have been approaching one another for the last one week. The two planets will be at their closest (less than 1/3rd of a degree apart) about 30 minutes before sunrise. Both the planets are moving in the opposite direction- Venus is sinking towards a rising sun while the Jovian planet is rising away from it.
The two planets resemble a double star and the pairing happens once in many years. After the pairing of the planets, they will appear to move away from each other rapidly in the opposite direction across the night skies.