Today’s Google Doodle Celebrates “The Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn and “Winter 2020” – Technology News, Firstpost

In collaboration with NASA, today’s animated Google Doodle celebrates “The Great Conjunction”. In simple words, today is the first winter day in the northern hemisphere and the rare double planetary sighting of Jupiter and Saturn. According to Google, these two planets are the largest of all that can be viewed in the sky from “anywhere in the world”. Today (December 21st) is also the longest night of the year.

    Today's Google Doodle celebrates the great connection between Jupiter and Saturn and winter 2020

Today’s Google Doodle

Google says that the simultaneous sighting of the two planets has not been seen for almost 800 years. The company further stated that Jupiter and Saturn will cross within 0.1 degrees today. The two planets will remain nearly 450 million miles apart. According to a previous reportthe conjunction in 2020 will only be adjusted again with the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of March 15, 2080.

To see this rare sighting tonight, all you need to do is secure a spot in a park or field. After an hour of sunset, grab your binoculars if you want and you can see a bright, highly visible star in the southwestern sky that will be Jupiter. According to Google, “Saturn will be a little weaker and will appear a little above and to the left of Jupiter by December 21, when Jupiter overtakes it and they reverse positions in the sky.”

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