Venus and Jupiter were pictured 'kissing' over Minehead as NASA said the planets passed each other by just 6 degrees, an event not set to be repeated until 2039.

Minehead resident Nev Rimes captured the phenomenon over the town before sharing it in on social media.

Robert Massey, the UK's deputy executive director of the Royal Astronomical Society said: "At their closest, they’re expected to be just half a degree apart — about the diameter of a full moon".

Sometimes termed as kissing, the meeting of planets in this way is technically known as a conjunction.

Royal Museums Greenwich defines a conjunction as occurring "when any two astronomical objects (such as asteroids, moons, planets, and stars) appear to be close together in the sky, as observed from Earth."

This month is set to be a busy one for stargazers as a crescent moon will be visible between Jupiter & Venus on March 23 followed by the Moon passing Mars on March 27 and 28.

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