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.
Skywatchers, you're in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat! Jupiter & Saturn are doing a planetary dance that will result in the Great Conjunction on Dec 21, just after sunset. Find out:— NASA (@NASA) December 20, 2020
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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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