Worlds Will Align Christmas Week for Spectacular Heavenly Sight

Nov 24, 2020 | Daily Space, Jupiter, Our Solar System, Saturn

Worlds Will Align Christmas Week for Spectacular Heavenly Sight
IMAGE: A view showing how the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will appear in a telescope pointed toward the western horizon at 6 p.m. CST, Dec. 21, 2020. The image is adapted from graphics by open-source planetarium software Stellarium. CREDIT: Patrick Hartigan adapted from Stellarium

As giving season approaches for so many traditions, both old and manufactured, approaches us like an oncoming train, I suspect many of you are eyeing telescopes and cameras as possible purchases. I have to admit, if you don’t already have a DSLR camera you can use for basic sky or astrophotography, there is an event coming up in December that may help justify such a purpose. On December 21st, Jupiter and Saturn will gather together on the sky, and hang just a few arcminutes apart. This means that through even most telescopes, both worlds will appear in a single field of view.

I, for one, am going to dust off my telescope and see what I can do to get the cranky drive software to like me again in preparation to go out and look at this cool combination of worlds. We’ve got less then a month to practice, people. But we can do this – we can prepare ourselves for the astrophotograph not just of a lifetime but of nearly a millenium. This kind of alignment last occurred in 1226! 

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