Jupiter and Saturn had closed to about 15 arcminutes of each other by 19 December 2020. You can clearly see Jupiter’s moons in this image shot between clouds from Elgin, Moray, Scotland. Image: Alan Tough.
Today Jupiter and Saturn lie closer together in the sky than at any time in almost the past 400 years, in a once-in-a-lifetime event that’s been termed the ‘Great conjunction’. The two giant planets of the Solar System will lie a mere six arcminutes (0.1 degree) apart, only one-fifth of the diameter of the full Moon, when they become visible in the south-south-western sky at or soon after sunset. All you’ll need to witness this stunning and historic event is the co-operation of the weather and a good view of the sunset horizon.
Jupiter and Saturn and their moons at 4pm GMT today (21 December 2020) when a mere six arcminutes separate them. North is up. AN Graphic by Greg Smye-Rumsby.
Jupiter and Saturn have been a familiar fixture in the evening sky since the late summer for those observers blessed with a good view towards the southern to south-western horizon. Hopefully, you were able to catch a glimpse of the pair last week and ...