Jupiter and Saturn will seemingly appear as a ‘double planet’ in the night sky this December, before Christmas.
According to the reports, Saturn and Jupiter will align after sunset in the Northern Hemisphere. They will appear together in the southwestern part of the sky.
The two planets have always maintained a long distance between them since the medieval period. However, it is now going to decrease this December. When this distance is reduced to a minimum level this December before Christmas, the two planets will appear as a “Double planet.”
According to a report published by Popular Mechanics, Jupiter and Saturn have never been close to each other since the middle ages. But they are now going to come close to each other. This is going to happen before Christmas in December. They will appear as a double planet on December 21, 2020. There will be a distance less than the diameter of the moon between them from December 15 to 25.
“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,” an astronomer from Rice University, Patrick Hartigansaid, was quoted as saying in a media report.
“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky,” he added.