Today is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day with the longest night of the year. For the first time in 800 years, a rare phenomenon call the “Christmas Star” will be visible in the southwestern sky. It’s actually two planets, Saturn and Jupiter, that will be less than one degree apart. Together they will cast a bright light in our sky that you won’t want to miss!
Anybody can go out and see these planets. If you are planning to snap pictures, NASA has created a guide to photographing the great conjunction.
The 21st will be the closest Jupiter and Saturn have appeared to most since March 4, 1226. There was a closer conjunction of the planets some 400 years ago, but that event was not visible to many of us here on Earth, according to Space.com.
How to See:
When: December 21st, 2020
Where: Southwest sky about 30 minutes after sunset (the sun sets at KIK-FM at 4:40pm, start grabbing popcorn and your camera then!)
Note: The planets will gradually get lower in the sky as the evening goes on, so the earlier you look, the better! You don’t need binoculars or a telescope to experience the view.