Planet Jupiter and Venus will share a rare ‘cosmic kiss’ as they appear side by side in the night sky tonight. They will appear to be about to collide when they are within half a degree of one another, or one full moon’s width apart. The spectacle may be visible without a telescope or binoculars.

They will apparently enjoy a ‘cosmic kiss’ only from Earth.

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Jupiter and Venus have been moving towards a conjunction, which is when two celestial objects, such as moons, planets, or stars, look very close to one another, over the past few weeks.

The worlds will appear to be parallel, but this is only a trick of perspective; in fact, they are still 400 million miles (600 million kilometers) apart.

How to watch Jupiter and Venus’ ‘cosmic kiss’?

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After sunset, skywatchers should scan the west for what will appear to be two unusually bright stars.

Venus will look six times brighter than the gas giant, the largest planet in the solar system, while Jupiter will shine twice as brightly as Sirius, the brightest star in the sky. Finding a spot on a hill and away from tall buildings will give you a better perspective because the worlds will be low-lying on the horizon.

As evening twilight concludes on the US east coast at 18:58 ET, NASA predicted that the two planets would be visible.

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The best window of chance to view the spectacle will be around the same time in the UK. The only obstacle might be cloud cover because it is clearly easiest to see the event under a dark sky.

Unfortunately, starting at 19:00 GMT this evening, most of Britain is predicted to be covered in clouds, but those in the south and west of England and Wales should have reasonably clear skies to observe the conjunction.