The 2020 great conjunction of #Jupiter and #Saturn will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226! 2020’s extra-close Jupiter-Saturn conjunction won’t be matched again until the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of March 15, 2080
Express.uk What is the Great Conjunction?
Jupiter and Saturn are so bright, in fact, that they are visible even from city lights
Dr Henry Throop, astronomer in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters, has revealed why this conjunction has attracted so much attention.
He told Express.co.uk: “It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020, allowing nearly everyone around the world to witness this ‘great conjunction’.
“The conjunction can be seen by mostly everyone on Earth. Jupiter and Saturn are so bright, in fact, that they are visible even from city lights. “Folks just need to have a clear view of the southwestern horizon about an hour after sunset.”
Dr Throop explained why NASA refers to this event as a Great Conjunction of planets.
He said: “For thousands of years, people have had a strong connection to events in the sky.
“Modern historians and astronomers have identified many cosmic events that can be tied to culture or religion.
“There was a conjunction between Saturn and Jupiter in the year seven BC.