Skygazers to see Jupiter and Venus 'collide'

Planets drawn to each other through June

Sky Gazers Will See Jupiter and Venus Colliding This Month

During the month of June, stargazers will be treated to a celestial show. The two brightest planets in the night sky, Venus and Jupiter, are going to converge for a jaw-dropping close encounter.

During the first two weeks of the month, the planets appear to move towards each other until they are only about 10 degrees apart.

For reference, this means you could hide them both, simultaneously, behind the palm of your outstretched hand as you look skywards.

NASA says that by June 18th, Venus and Jupiter will be only 6 degrees apart. Then you'll be able to hide them both behind just two or three of your fingers with your arm outstretched.

On June 19th, NASA then explains, something exciting happens: the crescent Moon joins the show. On that evening, the Moon, Venus and Jupiter will form a bright isosceles triangle in the sunset sky.

Isosceles means that two sides of the triangle are the same length. This is how most sky watchers in North America will see it.

Hiding behind your little finger

The main event occurs on June 30th. On that night, Venus and Jupiter will be only be a third of a degree apart. That's less than the diameter of a full Moon.

You'll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your hand, but behind your little pinky finger.

Venus, named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty, is the second planet from the Sun, orbiting it every 224.7 Earth days.

Jupiter, named after the Roman god, is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet in the Solar System.