2020 has been a wild ride, and it's not done with us just yet. Look to the night sky on December 21st - the Winter Solstice - and you'll witness the "Great Conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn!
It's a once-in-a-lifetime event that some news outlets are calling the "Christmas Star". Jupiter and Saturn, the two largest and brightest planets in our solar system, will appear less than 0.1 degree apart. For reference, that's about 1/5 of a full moon. This will be the closest these two planetary giants have come together in our night sky since the year 1623!
You can even start observing this event now at home. Look to the Southwestern sky just after sunset (45 min), and watch night-after-night as these two celestial bodies drift towards one another. What better reason to get outside during quarantine!
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