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Jupiter and Saturn form 'Christmas star' for the first time in 400 years,- photo, video

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

Jupiter and Saturn converge every 19 years, but this time the planets got the closest since 17th century
23:31, 22 December 2020

Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, Dec,21, 2020
Jim Lo Scalzo/European Pressphoto Agency

On the evening of December 21, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn could be observed in the sky. It has already been called the "Christmas Star" as this event took place before Catholic Christmas. Last time the planets came so close to each other was 397 years ago.

One large bright "star" could be seen from the Earth. If you look with the naked eye, the distance between the planets will not exceed ten degrees, and the little finger at arm's length will easily cover both planets in the sky. But in fact Jupiter and Saturn are in hundreds of millions of kilometers away from each other.

Convergence of Jupiter and Saturn in California
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Convergence of Jupiter and Saturn in Hawaii
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Note that Jupiter and Saturn converge every 19 years, but this time the planets got the closest since 17th century.

Jupiter and Saturn in Hawaii
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NASA added that the two planets will look spectacular in the night sky over the next few days.

 

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