Twitterati shares their excitement as they shared pictures and videos of the two planets coming together.
Jupiter and Saturn – two of the biggest planets in our solar system come closest to each other for the first time since 1623. The union of Jupiter and Saturn is being termed as the ‘great conjunction’ as the planets will be just 0.1 degrees apart from each other. During great conjunction, celestial bodies appear to be very close to each other, even though they may actually be crores of kilometres apart in the outer space. This rare celestial event will take place on the night of 21st December which is also the winter solstice – the shortest day and longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere.
“If you have a telescope, you’ll also be able to see both the rings of Saturn and the Galilean moons of Jupiter close together at the same moment,” says astronomer Jackie Faherty at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.