Astronomers said that the two planets Jupiter and Saturn, will approach each other, on December 21, to a large degree not recorded for about 800 years.
Jupiter is the largest in the solar system.
The two planets began approaching each other last summer, and they are expected to appear later, and the distance between them has become less than the distance of the full moon.According to the British newspaper “Daily Mail,” the two planets will reach this degree of proximity immediately after sunset when the winter solstice occurs.
It is expected that this scene will be visible from any point on the planet, but those at the equator will be more able to observe it.In the British capital London, for example, the two planets will be close to the horizon, an hour after sunset, and this telescope observation will be possible between the 16th and 25th of next December.
The two planets will not return to close to each other, to this degree, until the fifteenth of the year 2080, at which time, they will be at a point higher than the Earth, and their visibility is possible for a longer period.
After that, the convergence of this way between the two planets will not happen again until 2400, that is, after many centuries.
Patrick Hartigan, an astronomer in astronomy at Rice University in Texas, said that proximity between these two planets is rare.The American academic added that an approach is an exceptional event, given the large degree of proximity expected next December.
He pointed out that these two planets will look like a double moon on December 21, and the distance between them will only be about 20 percent of the full moon’s diameter.And everyone who uses the telescope will see each of the two planets, in addition to their moons, during the same evening.