The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21st

Last Updated on December 20, 2020 by Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller

Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller

Here’s an update from our local Solar System Ambassador Pam Roller about an astronomical event:

Click the link below:

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/the-great-conjunction-of-jupiter-and-saturn

For those who would like to see this phenomenon for themselves, here’s what to do: 

  • Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. Jupiter and Saturn are bright, so they can be seen even from most cities.
  • An hour after sunset, look to the southwestern sky. Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible. 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.
  • The planets can be seen with the unaided eye, but if you have binoculars or a small telescope, you may be able to see Jupiter’s four large moons orbiting the giant planet.

Learn these tips and trick on how to photograph planets:
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/1615/how-to-photograph-the-conjunction-of-saturn-and-jupiter/

Read these skywatching Tips from NASA: 
https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/whats-up-skywatching-tips-from-nasa/