Winter Solstice, Great Conjunction- A rare astronomical event, never comes in your life-time again

Winter Solstice, Great Conjunction- A rare astronomical event, never comes in your life-time again

Winter Solstice, Great Conjunction- A rare astronomical event, never comes in your life-time again

This year’s Winter Solstice coincides with a special astronomical event – the “Great Conjunction” of the Jupiter and Saturn.

Google Doodle celebrates the Winter Solstice, 21 December, today. Winter Solstice is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. It is a phenomena that occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun.

After Winter Solstice, days begin to be longer and nights shorter for people in the Northern Hemisphere. The reversal happens in the Southern Hemisphere.

This year’s Winter Solstice is very special as it coincides with another special astronomical event – the “Great Conjunction” of the Jupiter and Saturn.

The Greater Conjunction is rare planetary alignment, where Jupiter and Saturn will be appearing closer together in the evening sky in nearly 800 years. They won’t appear this close until 2080, so it is one time event in your life.

The animated Google Doodle shows Winter Solstice Great Conjunction, wherein the Saturn and Jupiter meet up for a quick high five, and the Winter Solstice as the literally “snow capped” Earth watching the other two planets.

The event “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn is also known as the “Christmas Star of 2020.” T his event, the Great Conjunction, again will happen after 60 years, according to the NASA. 

IfW TO SEE THE GREAT CONJUNCTION

Google Doodle described the way to see the Great Conjunction. You need to find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. It will be visible after an hour later of Sunset. Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible in the southwestern sky, whereas Saturn will be slightly fainter and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter until December 21. When Jupiter will overtake it and they will reverse positions in the sky. You can use binoculars, but you can see planets with the unaided eye too.

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