Early risers might have seen the stunning conjunction of Venus and Jupiter when they woke up this morning.
The two planets rose as one above the eastern horizon and could be seen just 0.3 degrees apart in the UK – less than half the diameter of the Moon when viewed from Earth.
Skywatchers across the globe took to Twitter this morning to share their breathtaking photographs of the astronomical phenomenon.
“Looking up in the sky and seeing the Venus/Jupiter Conjunction this morning made me very emotional,” one user wrote.
Another described the extraordinary scenes as “quite magical”.
Venus and Jupiter orbit the Sun more than 416 million miles (670 million km) apart but, just after 5.30 this morning, they appeared close enough in the sky to fit within the field of a telescope.
The conjunction is made possible when Venus and Jupiter share the same east to west longitude in the sky, according to Space.com.
The website Earthsky.com defines astronomical conjunctions as “the close approach of two or more solar system bodies or a close approach of a single solar system body with another object in the sky.”
Those who missed the conjunction this morning should not despair. Venus and Jupiter are set to rise together again tomorrow morning, though they will not be as close in the sky.
Space.com report: “By Tuesday (November 14), Jupiter will have pulled away, appearing more than a degree to the upper right of Venus.”
How to watch the Venus and Jupiter conjunction
As with all astronomical events, the conjunction will be best viewed in a rural location away from any light pollution.
This hoping to catch a second glimpse are advised to find a viewing spot with a clear horizon, preferably on top of a hill or balcony.
Unfortunately, viewing conditions are expected to be much worse on Tuesday morning than they were today.
The Met Office has forecast cloud and rain overnight, with the miserable weather set to continue through Tuesday.
“Generally cloudy overnight, and although mostly dry at first, some patchy light rain or drizzle will spread east across the region after midnight,” the Met Office said.