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The Great Conjunction: Jupiter And Saturn Will Nearly 'Touch' On 21 December, A Rare Sight

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The Great Conjunction: Jupiter And Saturn Will Nearly 'Touch' On 21 December, A Rare Sight
Are you a stargazer? 

If you are, 2020 has got a special treat for you.

Two of the biggest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn will be coming very close to one another on Dec 21, and it's going to be quite a sight. 

How close?

According to a report in Earthsky and Space.com, both planets will only be 0.1 degrees apart on that particular day, and this is the closest the planets have been since 1623.

The report said that the phenomenon known as the "great conjunction", is also the most observable "great conjunction" since 1226.

A spectacular sight

“You can imagine the solar system to be a racetrack, with each of the planets as a runner in their own lane and the Earth toward the center of the stadium,” said Henry Throop, astronomer in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. 

“From our vantage point, we’ll be able to be to see Jupiter on the inside lane, approaching Saturn all month and finally overtaking it on December 21," he said as quoted in an article on Nasa.gov.
A rare sight.
The article explained that planets often pass by each other in the solar system and Jupiter and Saturn align in the sky about once every 20 years. 

What makes this great conjunction so great is that it's been close to 400 years since the planets have passed by so close to each other. 

It's also been nearly 800 years since Jupiter and Saturn have aligned at night. 

Basically, it's going to look like a very very bright star in the sky and nearly everyone around the world will be able to see it. 

We've gotten in touch with some experts to find out if we can spot this spectacle from Malaysia. 

Watch this space for updates.

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