Have You Been Watching Jupiter & Saturn?
Tonight (Wed, Dec. 16th) Jupiter and Saturn will be a full-Moon’s width apart at dusk as they sink into the south-western horizon. Watch this pair each evening as they draw ever-closer together until they pass within 1/10 of a degree on December 21st. This is the great Jupiter / Saturn Conjunction of 2020! This is the closest they’ve been together since 1623 and most sources say that conjunction was not observed due to the planet’s vicinity to the Sun. The last time the pair was definitely visible this close together was in 1226 in the morning sky. This is a rare “must-see” event indeed!
In this week’s blog post we feature comments from a member of the Astro Club Abuja in Nigeria on how he feels on viewing this once-in-a-lifetime event.
You can read and share this blog post using this shortened link: Tele Vue Blog: Great Conjunction & Astro Club Abuja
Caption for the photo below: A simulated eyepiece view of the Jupiter and Saturn conjunction on 21 December 2020 with stars removed. The field of view is about ¼ degrees. The four Galilean moons will be easy to spot. Saturn’s moons are much dimmer and will blend in with the field stars. Your view may be rotated and inverted depending on the equipment used and location on the Earth.
Edited by Stars4jon, 16 December 2020 - 04:42 PM.