Astronomy enthusiasts, or anybody who happens to be awake before the sun comes up, will be treated to a spectacular view of Venus in the sky.
People watching the horizon right before sunrise are likely to see a strange bright light looming overhead. According to a report from Discovery News, however, there’s no reason to be afraid. It isn’t a UFO; viewers will be able to catch a glimpse of Venus, the nearest planet to Earth hovering low in the early morning sky.
All along the East Coast, the predawn sky will include a strange bright dot that rivals only the sun in size. As sunrise arrives later each day, more people are likely to see the planet during their morning routine. The apparition is likely to continue well into October, so you have more than enough chances to spot the planet.
As an added bonus, stargazers will also be able to see Jupiter in the early mornings. The two planets will dance through the dark sky as the sun comes up, offering a spectacular view of some of the closer planets in the solar system.
Venus began appearing in the morning sky on August 15, when it rose above the horizon 45 minutes before the sun did. By September 1, the planet rose just before the break of dawn, around 4:50am EST. Each morning, the planet will appear 2.5 minutes earlier than it did the previous morning. By the end of October, Venus will have the early morning sky to itself for over 2 hours before the sun appears.
The planet will also appear to be brighter as the autumn progresses; so if you slept in today, don’t fret. You will still have plenty of chances to catch a glimpse of the bright planet next to ours.