On the evening of the Winter Solstice (Monday, December 21st), Jupiter and Saturn will appear to converge into a super bright star as the “greatest conjunction” from most of Earth since 1226! Over the past year these planets have been paired In night sky, ever-so-slowly moving closer together. In the coming days, head outside on a clear night just after sunset (but before they set around 6:00pm!) and look low in southwest sky to spot the pair of giant planets. And, if we’re lucky enough to have clear night on December 21st, bring a pair of binoculars for a rare treat of viewing Jupiter, Saturn, as-well-as several of their moons, in one field of view! Afterwards lower your binoculars to simply savor this natural “festival of lights” on the year’s the longest night.
For a superb visual animation and explanation of this event, go to Space.com .
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