The second has arrived. Hold your fingers crossed for clear skies tonight and no matter else you might be doing, make the try and see the extraordinary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
Referred to as a grand conjunction, the road of sight to every planet is now mendacity so shut to 1 one other that you’ll in all probability not be capable to distinguish them as separate objects. Discover someplace with a transparent south-western horizon and search for the brightest factor you possibly can see, low within the twilight sky: that object can be each Jupiter and Saturn.
The chart exhibits the view trying south-west from London on 21 December at 1700 GMT, however the conjunction can be seen world wide quickly after the solar goes down. Don’t be late, the planets will set early within the night.
The final time the planets have been this shut from our viewpoint on Earth was virtually 400 hundred years in the past on 16 July 1623. In fact, the planets aren’t actually shut collectively, Jupiter is presently 886 million km (551 million miles) from Earth and Saturn is one other 733 million km past it. They occur to lie in the identical path. The conjunction is seen from most components of the planet.