The grand conjunction: Jupiter and Saturn will almost “touch” on December 21st News

Are you a star gazer

If so, 2020 has a special treat for you.

Two of the largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will get very close on December 21st, and it will be quite a sight.

How close

According to a report in Earthsky and Space.comBoth planets will be only 0.1 degrees apart on that day, and this is the closest point the planets have reached since 1623.

The report states that the phenomenon known as the “major conjunction” is also the most observable “major conjunction” since 1226.

“As you can imagine, the solar system is a racetrack with each of the planets running on its own track and the earth pointing towards the center of the stadium,” said Henry Throop, an astronomer in the Planetary Science Division at NASA’s Washington headquarters.

“From our point of view, we can see Jupiter on the inner track, approach Saturn all month and finally overtake it on December 21st,” he said, as quoted in an article about Nasa.gov.
A rare sight.

The article explained that planets in the solar system often move past each other, and Jupiter and Saturn align in the sky about every 20 years.

What makes this great connection so great is that it has been almost 400 years since the planets came so close together.

It’s also been nearly 800 years since Jupiter and Saturn aligned at night.

Basically it will look like a very, very bright star in the sky and almost everyone in the world will be able to see it.

We got in touch with some experts to see if we could see this spectacle from Malaysia.

In this area you will find updates.

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