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Jupiter, Saturn To Appear As One Big Star In Night Sky On Dec 21; Here's All You Need To Know

Here are some facts why this great conjunction is so rare

Jupiter, Saturn To Appear As One Big Star In Night Sky On Dec 21; Here's All You Need To Know
The two planets are drawing closer to each other in the sky as they head towards a “great conjunction” on December 21, where the two giant planets will appear a tenth of a degree apart. | NASA/ Bill Ingalls
Jupiter, Saturn To Appear As One Big Star In Night Sky On Dec 21; Here's All You Need To Know
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2020-12-21T10:39:07+05:30

In view of a great celestial marvel, planets Jupiter and Saturn will be at a closest possible distance on December 21. This grandeur conjunction was last witnessed in 1623. In India, the great conjunction will be seen between 6:30-7:30 in the evening. Both the planets will just be 0.1 degrees apart.

Interesting facts about the great conjunction:

-The timings of the celestial conjunction will be such that everyone will be able to view it, says NASA

-The great conjunction will be seen between 6:30-7:30 in the evening.

-The spectacular view is likely to be witnessed in the southwestern sky an hour post-sunset.

-The majestic view of four large moons orbiting Jupiter can be enjoyed either with small telescopes or advanced binoculars.

-Nearly 400 years ago in 1623, a similar event was observed and it will next be seen in the year 2080.

-The conjunction is also being called a Christmas star as it will appear as a big star, similar to Bethlehem star.

-If you desire to enjoy the great conjunction, you can also register at the Nehru Planetarium in Delhi. As per their website, they have organised a skywatch from December 20 to December 22 with adherence to the social distancing and Covid norms. The webcasting of the event will take place from 19 December to 22 December from 6-7 pm

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