The Great Conjunction Of Jupiter-Saturn On Dec 21, Closest Since Galileo’s Time

Bengaluru: For the primary time in over 400 years, sky gazers will have the ability to witness the good conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Each the planets will merge within the evening sky on Monday, December 21, showing nearer to at least one one other than they’ve because the 17th century. The reunion of Jupiter and Saturn is named the ‘Great Conjunction’.

Each the planets Jupiter and Saturn shall be reunited on the longest evening of 2020, the winter solstice.

In the meantime, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru has made preparations to observe the uncommon sight of celestial conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn planets on Monday between 6.30-7.30 p.m., an official stated on Sunday.

“We have set up telescopes in our premises to watch the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on Monday evening if weather conditions permit,” stated the planetarium official in an announcement right here.

As a result of Covid-induced restrictions on individuals gathering in massive numbers in public locations, those that register on-line to observe the celestial occasion shall be allowed within the planetarium in batches of restricted numbers to take care of social distancing.

“Those unable to watch the event at the planetarium due to curbs on crowding, can see the conjunction of the two stars online at our website ( or Facebook and Youtube channel,” stated the assertion.

Because the fifth planet from the solar, Jupiter is the biggest within the photo voltaic system, as a fuel large with a mass one-thousandth of the Solar.

“As the sixth planet from the sun and second largest in the solar system, Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius of nine times that of earth,” added the official.

The conjunction additionally coincides with the longest day (December 21) within the 12 months because the solar reaches some extent the place it seems to shine farthest to the south of equator over the Tropic of Capricorn, marking the beginning of the winter solstice.

The Nationwide Aeronautics and Area Administration (Nasa) stated it’s been almost 400 years because the planets handed this shut to one another within the sky, and almost 800 years because the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at evening, as it would for 2020, permitting almost everybody around the globe to witness this ‘Great Conjunction’.

The ‘Great Conjunction’ shall be simply seen around the globe slightly after sundown, if the raingods in your space are variety sufficient.

(With IANS Inputs)

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