Jupiter and Saturn – ‘Double Planet’; For The First Time In 800 Years To Appear Closer


Jupiter and Saturn from the beginning of the summer have been approaching closer. But, on December 21, they will look like a ‘double planet' first time after 800 years.

Jupiter and Saturn – ‘Double Planet’ visibility for the first time in 800 years, two of the major planets to look closer. They are likely visible just before Christmas that is on December 21 will amaze you.

Rice University astronomer, Patrick Hartigan in a statement said, ” Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to one another.”

“You’d have to ay back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky,” he further added.

Jupiter and Saturn – ‘Double Planet’

Jupiter and Saturn from the beginning of the summer have been approaching closer. But, on December 21, they will look like a ‘double planet.’

Patrick Hartigan said, “On the evening of closest approach on December 21 they will look like a double planet, separated by only 1/5th the diameter of the full moon.”

Views and Visibility

“For most telescope viewers, each planet and several of their largest moons will be visible in the same field of view that evening,” he said in the statement.

As per the statement made by Patrick Hartigan, the most suitable viewing location will be near the equator. Depending on the weather condition, other locations may also witness Jupiter and Saturn – ‘Double Planet’.

This celestial appearance is occurring after 800 years and can be seen again in March 2080 and later in 2400, as per Hartigan’s statement.

Jupiter-Saturn has seen closer occur regularly with about 20 years gap. In the interval of three thousand years, only seven Jupiter and Saturn were/will be closer than this one, says the statement.

It may be challenging to observe the event without a telescope but can be seen in small telescopes. 

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