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Great Conjunction: When, where and how to watch Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in India

In a rare celestial event, Saturn and Jupiter – the two largest planets in our solar system – will be seen very close to each other in the night sky like one bright star by an astronomical event called the “great conjunction” on December 21.

Edited by: India TV News Desk New Delhi Published on: December 20, 2020 16:50 IST
Great Conjunction: When, where and how to watch Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in India
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Great Conjunction: When, where and how to watch Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in India 

This year's winter solstice will bring a rare sight to our night skies. In a rare celestial event, Saturn and Jupiter – the two largest planets in our solar system – will be  seen very close to each other in the night sky like one bright star by an astronomical event called the “great conjunction” on December 21. 

This is a rare conjunction because of the closeness of the two planets, which is a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon. The two planets have never been so close since 1623.

When, where and how to watch Jupiter-Saturn 'Great Conjunction' in India 

The great conjugation will be seen on December 21. The Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru has made arrangements to watch the celestial conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn planets on Monday between 6.30-7.30 p.m., an official said on Sunday.

"We have set up telescopes in our premises to watch the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on Monday evening if weather conditions permit," said the planetarium official in a statement here.

Due to the Covid-induced restrictions on people gathering in large numbers in public places, those who register online to watch the celestial event will be allowed in the planetarium in batches of limited numbers to maintain social distancing.

"Those unable to watch the event at the planetarium due to curbs on crowding, can see the conjunction of the two stars online at our website (www.taralaya.org) or Facebook and Youtube channel," said the statement.

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As the fifth planet from the sun, Jupiter is the largest in the solar system, as a gas giant with a mass one-thousandth of the Sun.

"As the sixth planet from the sun and second largest in the solar system, Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius of nine times that of earth," added the official.

The conjunction also coincides with the longest day (December 21) in the year as the sun reaches a point where it appears to shine farthest to the south of equator over the Tropic of Capricorn, marking the start of the winter solstice.

(With IANS Inputs)

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