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SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!!! The Winter Solstice Great Conjunction 12-21-2020

19 Dec 2020, 18:15 UTC
SKY GUY VIEWING ALERT!!!!! The Winter Solstice Great Conjunction 12-21-2020
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Hey, Space Placers!If you have been outside recently after it gets dark, you might have noticed a bright pair of “stars” in the southwest (SW) sky. SW is to the left of where the Sun sets. In reality these are the two giant gas planets, Jupiter, the brighter of the two, and Saturn. Even though they are separated by hundreds of millions of miles in the solar system, they have been moving closer and closer to one another in our sky for quite awhile.Brighter Jupiter and Saturn are to the left of the Milky Way in thisShenandoah National Park picture taken July 11, 2020.Credit: Greg RedfernJupiter and Saturn December 6, 2020Credit: Greg Redfern iPhone 11 Jupiter and Saturn December 18, 2020Credit: Greg Redfern iPhone 11On Monday, December 21st, they will be visible in the SW and at their closest approach to one another - a tenth-of-a-degree apart. The last time these two planets were this close and visible, was 1226. They were similarly close in 1623 but likely not easily visible due to their close proximity to the Sun.This illustration shows the view facing southwest at dusk on December 21st. Jupiter should be an easy find, but Saturn may require ...

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