Jupiter is the brighter of the 2, about 12 times brighter than Saturn, which is no slouch and shines as brilliantly as the brightest star. On the evening of December 21, 2020, the planets will be as close as they've been since July 16, 1623.
For one, it's been almost 400 years since the two planets will appear this close to each other in the sky.
A former professor at the Indian Institute of Astrophysics, RC Kapoor told Mumbai Mirror that the union of the two planets will get very close and will be a test of the eyesight. To find a closer Jupiter-Saturn conjunction you have to go back to July 16, 1623 but the pair were within 13 degrees of the Sun, lost the twilight.
According to Dr Jawed Iqbal, Jupiter and Saturn are the two largest planets of our solar system. "Instead of being one-fifth of a full moon diameter apart, they will be probably up to 10 moon diameters apart", Drummond said. Their conjunction occurs every 19.6 years on average.
There are no written records of anyone observing this conjunction though, Saturn and Jupiter were quite close to the Sun at this time and would have set below the horizon at about the same time as the sun set.
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Let's hope this great conjunction is a sign of better things to come in 2021.
What makes this modern "Great Conjunction" special is it is happening at nighttime.
Considerably closer and in plain view was the March 1226 conjunction of the two planets when Genghis Khan was conquering Asia.
Look for the two planets converging low in the southwestern sky just after sunset, resulting in what many people are calling the "Christmas Star".
"As the sixth planet from the sun and second largest in the solar system, Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius of nine times that of earth", added the official. They're going to be right beside each other in the sky this evening, just at sunset. He is an astronomer at Virginia Tech University.
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The phenomenon can be seen with the unaided eye.
The two planets might look like one body if viewed with eyes alone.
Monday night, Ottum was able to use his remote-control telescope located in the desert in New Mexico to see this rare planet pairing.
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From our position on Earth, the planets appear to be very close together, but they are hundreds of millions of miles away in space. So if you happen to have a telescope or binoculars, you can still enjoy the special view. Caty Weaver was the editor.
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