Rare 'double planet' to reappear for first time since 1226

James Marshall
November 26, 2020

"You'd need to go right back to not long before first sunlight on March 4, 1226, to see an alignment between these planets obvious in the night sky".

Stargazers, get ready for an incredibly rare occurrence, because the planets of Jupiter and Saturn are about to appear closer together in the night sky than they have since the Middle Ages, according to astronomical experts.

However, the planets will be separated by a minimum of 1.1 degrees, which will make them 11 times farther apart than they will be on December 21, 2020.

Summers are now slowly approaching each other, and they will begin to reach their peak between December 16 and Christmas Day, presumably in the winter coincidence of the above.

A view showing how the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will appear in a telescope pointed toward the western horizon at 6 p.m. CST, December 21, 2020.

Saturn and Jupiter will show up in the night skies for roughly an hour after sunset each night. Image adapted by Open Source Planet Software Stellarium Graphics. It is the closest anyone will be able to see the two planets so close in 800 years.

If you are watching the night skies right now, you can see Saturn and Jupiter very close to each other in the evening. They also indicated that on December 21, they will be seen as a double planet, separated only by a fifth of the diameter of the full moon. If you happen to have plans and miss that date you can always catch it again.in 2400.

"For most telescope viewers, each planet and its many large moons will appear in the same evening view".

"An observer is still north, with less time to see the time the planets merge before they sink to the horizon", he said. The planets will be brilliantly shining in the sky to be observable in sundown, which may be the best a ideal timing to attempt to see them if you are residing in the US.

'By the time skies are fully dark in Houston, for example, the conjunction will be just 9 degrees above the horizon, ' he added.

'Viewing that would be manageable if the weather cooperates and you have an unobstructed view to the southwest'.

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