It will be possible to observe an unusual cosmic phenomenon from any point on the planet.
On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will be at a minimum distance – for the first time in 800 years! They form the so-called “Star of Bethlehem”. See an unusual cosmic phenomenon will be possible from any point of the planet. It is reported today with reference to the publication of NBC News.
The distance between the two largest planets in the solar system will be 1/5 the diameter of the moon, making Saturn and Jupiter look like a double planet or star. According to scientists, orbital motions bring the two planets closer to “conjunction” every 20 years.
So, for example, residents of London and New York can see the “Star of Bethlehem” before Catholic Christmas about an hour after sunset.
Jupiter and Saturn will next converge on November 5, 2040 and April 10, 2060. However, the planets will not be as close as this year.
By the way, according to the Gospel of Matthew, the “star of Bethlehem” is a bright celestial body that showed the Magi the way to the house where Jesus was born.