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Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Venus and Jupiter conjunction: Sky-watchers await dawn display

Science
Jupiter and Venus will be visible to the naked eye close together in the sky before dawn on Monday.The planets will appear in conjunction in the south-east, just above the horizon, and may appear to look like one bright star. In the UK, the best viewing time will be 40 minutes before sunrise.Jupiter's four Galilean moons will also be visible to those with a telescope. Clear skies are needed - and forecast for much of England and Wales.Watch: The dog that orbited the earthThe astronaut who was told she would never go to spaceThe planets will be seen best by those in mid-northern latitudes around the world, including the UK and northern US.Observers will have to have an uninterrupted view to the south-east as the planets will be very low in the sky.You may also like: Let's block ads! (Why?) ...
NASA to fly spacecraft over giant Jupiter storm

NASA to fly spacecraft over giant Jupiter storm

Technology
NASA is preparing to fly its Juno spacecraft over a huge storm which has been raging on Jupiter for up to 350 years.The planet's Great Red Spot is a 10,000-mile wide storm that has been monitored since 1830, but which scientists think actually formed centuries earlier.Image:The Great Red Spot is Jupiter's best-known feature. Pic: NASAJuno will pass 5,600 miles above the storm on Monday, with all eight of the craft's instruments and its camera, known as 'Junocam', in operation during the flyby.The spacecraft's principal investigator Scott Bolton, from the Southwest Research Institute, said: "Jupiter's mysterious Great Red Spot is probably the best-known feature of Jupiter."This monumental storm has raged on the solar system's biggest planet for centuries. Now, Juno and her cloud-penetrating...