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Jupiter and Venus will appear to touch each other in the sky at the end of the month.

According to EarthSky, On April 30, Jupiter and Venus will appear closest together around 3 p.m. ET, with Venus 0.2 degrees south of Jupiter. The distance is less than the moon’s diameter, the space site added.

The planets will have continued on their paths by May 1 and look like they are spreading farther apart from Earth’s vantage point.

Patrick Hartigan, professor of physics and astronomy at Rice University in Houston, said that This conjunction happens about once a year. Still, this year the two planets will appear significantly closer than they usually do.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, conjunction is when two planets appear to touch each other in the sky from Earth’s point of view.

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, in the nights leading up to the conjunction, on April 30, the moon will slowly become less visible as it transitions to a new moon.

According to EarthSky, Saturn and Mars will roughly align north of Jupiter and Venus, meaning astronomers will be able to see four planets while viewing the conjunction.

“Venus and Jupiter are typically the two brightest planets in the sky, so they can put on quite a show when they are in close conjunction. It is a beautiful sight and easy for everyone to see,” Hartigan said.

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