Jupiter and Saturn Will Be Closest | Astronomical Event Will Be Seen In The Sky After 397 Years
Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
Just last week we got to see Gemini's meteor pink and full solar eclipse. Now on Monday (December 21), get ready for another unique event of the sky 'Great Conjunction', when two giants of our solar system - Jupiter and Saturn - will be seen coming very close to each other.
After 397 years, these two planets will be seen touching each other in uneven. According to the expert, it will be such a wonderful sight after 1623. It is a coincidence that we will see this sight on December 21, the shortest day of the year 2020.
Know why this astronomical event is special
Jupiter and Saturn have 'Great Conjunctions' so there is tremendous excitement on the Christmas star this year. It is being called the 'Christmas Star of 2020'. According to NASA, "both planets will appear one-tenth of a degree apart" and such an event will not happen again in the next 60 years, i.e. until 2080.
At the time of this rare astronomical event, the virtual distance between the two planets Jupiter and Saturn will be just 0.06 degrees. Also, the moons of these two will be seen in the one-degree interval. This amazing view can be seen in the sky after 397 years.
This kind of showstopping celestial show is about to start after 400 years
NASA says "after about 400 years this kind of showstopping celestial show is about to begin" as the planets in the sky get closer to each other and about 800 years later Saturn and Jupiter coincided at night. Not only this, the world will witness the 'Great Conjunction' of Jupiter and Saturn on Winter Solstice. This year Winter Solstice is on 21 December.
Learn why it is called 'Great Conjunction'
Significantly, the total planet in our solar system is eight, of which the fifth planet is Jupiter and the sixth planet Saturn according to the distance from the Sun. The planet Saturn orbits the Sun in 11.86 years while Saturn completes the orbit of the Sun in 29.5 years. These Jupiter and Saturn come very close to each other in about 19.6 years while orbiting the Sun. This same position of Jupiter and Saturn is called 'Great Conjunction'.
The distance between Jupiter and Saturn will be reduced
In this rare astronomical event, the virtual distance between the two planets will be just 0.06 degrees. Also, there will be an opportunity to see the moons of these two in an interval of one degree. After this, this event can be clearly seen in the sky after 397 years.
December 21 will be the most limited day of the year
The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn would be nearest since 1623, 13 years after Galileo fabricated his first telescope and found four new 'stars' that rotate around Jupiter. The dad of current science noticed the moons of Jupiter and the rings of Saturn and Sun among different disclosures.
Winter Solstice is in fact exceptionally extraordinary this year for us in the Northern Hemisphere, the most limited day of the year and the longest day in the Southern Hemisphere. Tell you the date and time of the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice in India on Monday, December 21, 2020, at 15:32.