How, when and where Jupiter and Saturn are aligned, a phenomenon that has not occurred for 400 years

The connection between Jupiter and Saturn is an event that has not been observed since the Middle Ages and is yet to be seen.

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  • NASA explains that both stars are very bright. When the sky is clear, they can be seen despite light pollution.
How, when and where Jupiter and Saturn are aligned, a phenomenon that has not occurred for 400 years
How, when and where Jupiter and Saturn are aligned, a phenomenon that has not occurred for 400 years

The two largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Saturnare gradually aligned. At dusk on December 21, one of the most impressive astronomical events of the year is observed in the sky. In this phenomenon, you can observe the union of both planets, forming a kind of double planet.

This Tuesday has the POT has published a picture showing the two stars very close to each other, a few days before joining the phenomenon known as’the great conjunction ‘.

Will be by the day December 21st this Jupiter is observed as a bright and easy-to-estimate star while Saturn It shines a little weaker and is a little above and on the left side of Jupiter.

The POT explain what Both stars are very brightWhen the sky is clear, they can be seen despite light pollution.

Image: @NASA

Passed almost 400 years Because Jupiter and Saturn were so close together and the phenomenon occurs at night about 800 years later, it becomes visible in almost all parts of the world. It is important to note that these two planets are in this position every two decades, but the 2020 meeting is very extraordinary, depending on what the POT.

It’s worth noting that the approaching of the two planets is a matter of perspective, as these stars are actually hundreds of millions of kilometers away.

Where can i see it

No matter where you are, the great conjunction is observed in many places on earth when the sun goes down. However, the closer you are to the equator the better it is observed as it takes longer.

It should be noted that, as with all astronomical events, its visibility depends on meteorological conditions, that is, it does not rain and the sky is clear.

Because of his brightness It will be possible to see them without binoculars or a telescope, you must fix your gaze on them westHowever, you need to do this in an open space either over a building or in a park, avoiding objects that obstruct your view and there should be little light pollution.

If you have a small telescope or binoculars, you can use these to observe the four largest moons of Jupiter as they move around the star.

You can’t lose this! Unless you want to wait in 20 years, especially October 31, 2040. Then this great event is likely to repeat itself.

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