Google Doodle celebrates winter solstice and The Great Conjunction

Jupiter and Saturn ‘meet’ to be visible from France tomorrow

This phenomenon is extremely rare as it's been 400 years since the planets have passed this close to each other, and it has been 800 years since the last alignment of Saturn and Jupiter.

Viewers would not require any special equipment to witness the event, as the planets would be visible with naked eye as Jupiter and Saturn are bright.

The event is coincidentally happening on December 21 - the first official day of winter, known as the winter solstice. "As the sixth planet from the sun and second largest in the solar system, Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius of nine times that of earth", added the official. You have to go back to March 4, 1226, that the conjunction was seen by people.

Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky like a park or a field. The planets will set below the horizon quickly, Todd said, so a good view of the southwestern horizon is necessary, and people will need to look skyward in time to catch it. They say Jupiter will be bright and easily visible, while Saturn will be slightly fainter and will be to the right of its celestial neighbour.

In most major cities across India, the conjunction could be seen just after sunset, between 6.30 and 7.30 pm.

If you have binoculars or a telescope, you may be able to see Jupiter's four large moons!

It can also be called an optical illusion; the planets will be about 450 million miles away from each other at the time. They will be visible almost an hour after sunset in the southwestern sky.

Since the positions of Jupiter and saturn align about every 20 years, the Great Conjunction would not seem to be a big deal.

While it's not an actual star, the event will certainly make a bright splash in the night sky.

Meanwhile, Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru has made arrangements to watch the celestial conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn planets.

A statue stands in the foreground as Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset on December 18, 2020, in Kansas City, Mo.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Chris Perez said most of the country will be generally cloudy Monday due to the tail-end of frontal system and northeast monsoon. NASA has some photography tips for all of the sky-gazers who are looking to capture great shots of Saturn and Jupiter tonight.

"This can be done by a telescope", said Babul Bora, Curator, Guwahati Planetarium.

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