The meeting of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21 for the first time in 8 centuries
Since last summer, the two planets have come close to each other, which is rare, according to (Patrick Hartigan), a researcher in astronomy at Rice University in Texas, USA.
The two planets will approach a separation distance equal to 20% of the moon’s diameter on December 21, immediately after sunset when the winter solstice occurs.
The two planets will appear in the sky as if they were a double moon, and it is expected that this scene will be visible from any point on the planet. Most of the people who are able to observe this event are from the equator. Through the telescope between December 16 and 25.
The two planets will not return to this degree of closeness except in the year 2080, due to their presence at a higher point than the Earth, and their visibility will be for a longer period. After that, this convergence will not occur until the year 2400.
The American academic added that the approach is an exceptional event, given the large degree of proximity expected next December.