“Great conjunction” of planets happens on 21 December — Jupiter and Saturn converge

Planets to come within one-tenth of a degree apart in the night sky

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A rare astronomical event called the great conjunction will happen on Monday marking the closest point between Jupiter and Saturn that has been seen from observers on planet Earth in 400 years.

“In order to find the planets in the sky, it’s really easy if you just look up. If you can see the sunset – that means you are looking to the west, the southwest if you are in the northern hemisphere – then you’ll be able to see Saturn and Jupiter. You want to go outside maybe 45 minutes after sunset. Let the sky darken a little bit. You don’t have to wait until night time. And then look toward the sunset,” a NASA astronomer said. “You’ll have about an hour of time where you can observe Saturn and Jupiter.”

The planets will look like very bright stars and will be only one-tenth of a degree apart on 21 December.

According to NASA the moons of Jupiter will also be visible with binoculars.

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Source: NASA Science Live: How to See Saturn and Jupiter’s Great Conjunction

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