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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

A conjunction happens when planets appear incredibly close to one another in the sky because they line up with Earth in their respective orbits.

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When Jupiter and Saturn converge on Dec. 21 they will be the closest they've been to one another in the night sky since 1226 A.D. During the event, both planets will sit just 0.1 degrees apart, or a mere one-fifth the width of the Moon.

In fact, Jupiter and Saturn will be so close that you will be able to fit them both in the same telescopic field of view.

How to find Jupiter and Saturn
The pair, Jupiter and Saturn begin the month of December just 2 degrees apart, creating an already impressive sight. Now, you can find them both in the southwestern sky just after sunset, located some 20 degrees above the horizon at 6.30 P.M. local time.


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By mid-month, they’ll be just one Moon-width apart. On December 16, the Moon will sit just 5 degrees away from the pair, offering a handy comparison. They’ll reach the greatest conjunction on December 21. And there is No astrological meaning to the sight.

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Last Updated on Monday, 14 December 2020 12:08  

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