Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice
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Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice

Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest to each other they have ever been in 800 years, This Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction, occurring this Solstice is also named “The Great Conjunction” by some Space Science organizations.

What is a Conjunction?

Conjunction in science is defined as the alignment of two planets so that they appear to be the same or nearly the same place in the sky.

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice

What is Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction?

Jupiter and Saturn conjunction is when these two mighty planets meet each other. The next great conjunction will be happening on the winter solstice on December 21, 2020. Actually, the conjunction of these two mighty planets happens after every 20 years but these conjunctions are not created equal. On December 21, 2020, the conjunction will be the closest since 1623 and the last closest observable conjunction was recorded in 1226. On December 21, 2020, when conjunction will be happening Jupiter and Saturn will only be 0.1 degrees apart from each other. When Jupiter and Saturn align they create a ‘Christmas Star’.

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice

The Conjunction of 2000

At the conjunction of 2000, 20 years ago, Jupiter and Saturn were near the sun that’s why they were difficult to observe but on the conjunction of December 21, 2020, the conjunction will be visible.

The Reason Behind the Conjunction

Each year, Saturn completes 12 degrees of its orbits around the sun, whereas Jupiter completes about 30 degrees. Therefore Jupiter closes the gap between itself and Saturn by about 18 degrees (30 – 12 = 18 degrees). In a period of 20 years, Jupiter gains 360 degrees on Saturn (18 x 20 = 360 degrees), therefore lapping the ringed planet (Saturn) every 20 years.

When It Will Happen?

The actual time of the closest passage (measure in ecliptic longitude) is 6:37 pm (GMT/UTC) on Monday, December 21st, 2020.

Can we see the conjunction with our naked eye?

The answer is YES, both Jupiter and Saturn will be visible with our naked eye even from light-polluted cities. In conjunction, they will be separated by 1/5 the diameter of the moon. We can see them but we cannot see the stars or rings of Saturn. From the northern hemisphere look to the south to the southwest in the early evening.

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice

Article By: Moiz Inam

Source: NBC News

Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction to Occur on This Solstice
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