Friday , March 31 2023

A great Jupiter-Saturn link on December 21 to captivate the skygazers


In a strange celestial event, Jupiter and Saturn will be seen very close to each other on December 21, appearing as a bright star. The two planets have never been so close since 1623 and so the term “excellent conjunction,” said Debi Prasad Duari, director of the planetary Birla planetary parliament, said in a statement.

“If two celestial bodies appear visually close to each other on Earth, it’s called a conjunction. And that conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter is sometimes called a great conjunction,” he said. The planets will be near March 15, 2080.

On the night of Dec. 21, their physical distance will be about 735 million km, Duari said. So far, the two planets seem to be getting closer to each other, every day, he said.

In most major cities of India, the conjunction could be seen at dusk.

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