Here's how you can experience 'The Great Conjunction' of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21

The celestisal event was seen several years back as per NASA's report, this phenomenon will not be seen again for the next 60 years, until 2080. Google also celebrated the event with a doodle on December 21, 2020.

Here's how you can experience 'The Great Conjunction' of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21

The team at 'Google' is known for the doodles they make to celebrate achievements and remember special occasions. With an aim to celebrate Winter 2020 and The Great Conjunction, Google, on December 21, 2020, made an animated graphic.

This event would mark the visual overlap of two planets - Saturn and Jupiter - during the night, and as per experts,   The Great Conjunction is a rare phenomenon which the world would witness. Besides this, the doodle is also dedicated towards the Northern Hemisphere's first day of winter, which is the longest night of the year

The rare astronomic event said to occur tonight on December 21 has been on the calendar for science enthusiasts as Saturn and Jupiter will be seen forming a 'double planet' due to the overlap. This event was last seen in 1623 and hasn't been seen for almost 800 years ago. The previous event was witnessed 13 years after the first telescope was built by Galileo. 

NASA has stated that the event will not occur for the next 60 years until 2080. The team took to the website and shared the information for the ones wish to experience the celestial event. Here's how one see this phenomenon for themselves

  • Choose a place which offers an unobstructed view of the sky, and since both the planets - Jupiter and Saturn - are bright, they will be visible from many cities
  • Look to the southwestern sky one hour after the sunset and you should be able to spot Jupiter - a bright star, easily visible.
  • Whereas Saturn will appear slightly above and a bit fainter, to the left of Jupiter until December 21, 2020. Jupiter would then overtake the position and reverse it in the sky.
  • Both the planets can be seen with a clear eye, and with the help of binoculars or a small telescope, one would also be able to spot Jupiter’s four large orbiting moons.

Credits: NASA website (NASA/JPL-Caltech)