Jupiter and Saturn Great Conjunction captured in Arizona

Katie Ramirez
December 20, 2020

The two largest planets in our solar system are coming closer together than they have been since the Middle Ages, and it's happening just in time for Christmas - hence the nickname of the "Christmas Star". Look for the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction low in the western sky for about an hour after sunset each evening during this time.

In an online lecture on Thursday evening, one of the Catholic Church's most eminent scientists said the latest great conjunction may provide clues to enhance our understanding of the story of the Star of Bethlehem.

"This year is special as one of the more popular explan- ations for the star is a close conjunction of bright planets, and it is going to be visible to anybody with a clear sky".

Jim Todd, director of space science education at OMSI, said those in the Portland area will want to head outside just after sunset at 4:30 p.m., when Jupiter and Saturn will be low in the sky. No moons of Jupiter in this shot.just surprised that it was even possible to see Saturn and it's disk upon zooming into the shoot. On Monday night, Jupiter will be more than 880million kilometres from Earth, while Saturn's distance will be more than 1.6billion kilometres!

The space agency said: "Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park". "From our vantage point, we'll be able to be to see Jupiter on the inside lane, approaching Saturn all month and finally overtaking it on December 21".

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The island state of Tasmania took a similar step on Saturday, while Western Australia state imposed a hard border closure.

On Dec. 21 the winter solstice they will come together as a single point of light to the unaided eye and will look like a double planet through binoculars and telescopes. Jupiter and Saturn are bright, so they can be seen even from most cities.

Three celestial bodies made a pretty close appearance in the twilight skies after sunset over the past two nights (Dec 16 and 17).

"Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible", NASA said.

"While both are visible to the naked eye, one should be able to see Jupiter's Galilean moons and a faint glimpse of Saturn's rings with good binoculars".

According to experts, tomorrow's the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction is symbolically also a big thing as it takes place on the night of Winter Solstice, when the Sun starts returning to the Northern Hemisphere. "After this year of restriction and confinement and devastation, there is this feeling of there is some kind of renewal". Since the planets won't be as close again until 2080, this really is something worth making an effort to witness. We're moving out of one (very crappy era) and into a new one and that's great.

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