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The great conjunction (or close to it) captured on camera

Two bright dots which are seen in the night sky which are Jupiter and Saturn The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, the first of it's kind in 400-years
Kristine Garrett | 20 December, 2020, 08:43

If you're a stargazer, you've likely noticed Jupiter and Saturn have been getting closer together since the summer. Is your skin also tingling like mine with the approach of a once-in-a-lifetime celestial event ... oh wait. What are Christians saying about the Great Conjunction on December 21?

If weather permits at Dyer Observatory, we'll be streaming a live view of the conjunction from one of the observatory's telescopes, and I'll be available to answer questions. For one, it's been almost 400 years since the two planets will appear this close to each other in the sky.

This event happens about once every 20 years but the closeness of the two planets makes this a very rare conjunction.

It will be the closest Jupiter-Saturn pairing since July 1623, when the two planets appeared a little nearer.

"2,000 years ago, people knew more about what was going on in the night sky", says Dr. Crawford.[jadi] Bethlehem's star is unlikely to be such a parallel planet.

Saturn and Jupiter have been drawing closer in the south-southwest sky for weeks. Not only that, the world will witness the "Great Conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn on Winter Solstice. Don't worry, city-dwellers - Jupiter and Saturn are so bright, NASA estimates you'll be able to view the conjecture from most cities.

Henry Throop, an astronomer in the planetary science division at Nasa headquarters, has been quoted as saying: "You can imagine the solar system to be a racetrack, with each of the planets as a runner in their own lane and the earth toward the centre of the stadium".

"If you go out on the twenty-first and you look to the southwest horizon right after sunset, maybe a half-hour to an hour after sunset, you should be able to see Jupiter and Saturn together out in the sky", said Barnes.

Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. "From our perspective, we're closer to the sun than Jupiter and Saturn".

The suggestion to look at the rare phenomenon in the United Kingdom is to look southwest as soon as possible after sunset. Known as the "great conjunction", this bright planetary alignment will be easily visible just after sunset.

The approaching Great Conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter in this photo taken by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada on December 16, 2020.

"You'd have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky".

And of course, astrologically, this is a big deal as well.

Despite appearances, Jupiter and Saturn will actually be more than 450 million miles (730 million kilometers) apart.

Several conjunctions of the planets happened within 10 years of the chronological point now taken as the beginning of the Christian era and may have been responsible for the phenomenon of the bright star above Bethlehem. The short version: this means change. "Even with the kind of binoculars you have at home, looking at Jupiter and Saturn is awe-inspiring in terms of how much detail and color you can see", he says.

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