Jupiter and Saturn to come closest next month
The year might have been gloomy but 2020 has proved pretty exciting for skygazers. After witnessing a lot of amazing space phenomena, the year will end with the party of a decade. And there would be two planets involved.
Jupiter and Saturn will appear to be shining as one bright star in the night sky on December 21. They will be visible in the night sky with just 0.06 degrees apart, making it the best planetary conjunction in years. This rare event is being called the Great Conjunction 2020. Both the planets will shine bright during twilight in the sky and will be an absolute treat for sky gazers.
The last time they were so close was July 16, 1623, which is almost four centuries ago.
Saturn takes 29 earth-years to complete one full orbit of the sun while Jupiter takes 12 earth-years. So, approximately every 19 years they come close to each other and are visible in the night sky from our planet. This event is also called heliocentric conjunction as the two gas giants of our solar system will align with the sun.
This makes this phenomenon more special, and if you miss watching it, then you will have to wait until October 31, 2040! If you are eager to witness this rare event, you can look southwest to find Jupiter and its left or further east to find Saturn.
You cannot stand on Saturn. It is not like Earth. Saturn is made mostly of gases. It has a lot of helium. This is the same kind of gas that you put in balloons.