This is an ongoing sky event. Watch a video of the event taken on January 16, 5:30 am, in Bacoor, Cavite.
Venus and Jupiter will appear close together in the sky, from January 16 to 27, 2019, visible in the Philippines and most parts of the world. These two planets can be seen with the naked eye, no telescopes needed. A mobile phone camera should be adequate enough to capture this event (if you use a DSLR, then perhaps you can capture a photo of you with the planets in the background).
Information on how to spot the planets are provided below:
How to spot the pairing of Jupiter and Venus
1. Wake up early. The planet pair is best viewed at around 5:30 am (Philippine Standard Time), from January 16 to 27, 2019.
2. Face the eastern horizon. Pick a good spot, free of any obstruction. If there is a structure such as house or building, you might not be able to see the pairing.
3. If you plan to observe the event every day, make sure to take a photo (or at least try to draw their position). Include the bright stars in your sketch. You should notice that every day, the position of the two changes! That is exactly how early astronomers were able to figure out that they are planets, and not stars (they do seem to wander, that’s why they are called wanderer—or planets! Google it up!)
Let’s hope for clear skies! Don’t forget to share this post! Wake up everyone, this is a rare astronomical event!!
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