In a celestial event that some call “Christmas star“, The two largest planets in our solar system are set to be deployed, they look very close and they seem to have become one.
Jupiter and Saturn will be very close this month at Christmas.
Astronomers He said this rare event had not happened for about 800 years.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Christmas star.
What is this for?
Jupiter and Saturn appear so close together that they seem to merge into a light in the Earth’s sky.
The event is also known as the Christmas Star or the Star of Bethlehem and the Great Conjunction.
A combination of two objects in the sky lined up.
The orbits of these two planets have not been seen for 800 years, and they last appeared in 1226 AD
“At this time, Jupiter and Saturn are 0.1 degrees apart or one-fifth the width of the Moon.” Astronomy.com reports.
This rare event means that they will fit into a single telescope area.
It is not expected to happen again until 2080, so now is the only chance for many of us to see it.
Rare combinations like this have been linked by some astronomers to the Christmas story.
Forbes Reports: “Some, including the German astronomer Johannes Kepler, think that the ‘star of Bethlehem’ or the ‘three judges’ in Maggie’s story may be a rare triple combination of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.”
The Christmas Star will be easy to see after sunset on December 21st.
This also happens Winter solitis.
How can I see it?
If you look inside the clear sky you can see the planets without any special equipment.
However, you can get a closer look with a telescope, perhaps even on some of Jupiter’s moons or Saturn’s rings.
In addition to being in the sky above us, we can also watch space events on YouTube.
A live stream of what the Lowell Observatory called The Great Conjugation will be held that day, Here on its YouTube channel.
Close-up views of the combination with a powerful telescope will show the stream and discuss what is happening.
How can I separate them?
Although they dissolve almost in one light, one way to distinguish between Jupiter and Saturn is to make Jupiter appear brighter.
This is because it is larger than Saturn and closer to Earth – about twice as far away as Saturn.