Jupiter and Venus will show up the closest at dawn on Monday – about an hour or two before sunrise – at just a fraction of a degree apart.
While Mars will also be joining the other two planets in the morning sky, the Red Planet will not be up close to Jupiter and Venus as it will be a little higher in the sky. Jupiter and Venus will appear as if they are shaking hands if you watch the two with your naked eyes.
The two planets will put up quite a show if you witness them through a telescope. Venus is the brightest planet of all in the night sky and will appear as a brilliant little ball as compared to Jupiter that is not bright despite its size. The Jupiter Venus conjunction won’t be around for long as the two planets will start separating by the end of next week, while Mars will hold its position in the early morning sky. The thin crescent moon will join all three later in the coming week.
If you are planning to wake up early to witness the conjunction look to the east at dawn on November 12, 13, and 14. Sunrise will happen at about 6:30 AM PST and so you will need to wake up about two hours before that as the planets will be visible about an hour before the Sun. Look just a bit south of due east, at an azimuth of 110 degrees. Venus will be the brighter planet. If the sky is steady, you may spot some of Jupiter’s four large Galilean Moons in binoculars. As the sky brightens, you should be able to see brilliant Venus well into a blue morning sky.