Published: Dec. 21, 2020

 StellariumTonight is THE NIGHT!

The universe gives us a winter solstice gift with the GREAT CONJUNCTION of Jupiter and Saturn. Binoculars or small telescopes will show both planets along with their largest satellites in the same field of view --- only 0.1 degree apart (6.1 arcminutes). Don't miss this celestial event! 

Want more info? Check out Sommers-Bausch Observatory for detailed information and photos.

Also, the Celestial Objects to Observe column from Sky & Telescope and The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn from NASA are both great articles about this spectacular event.

From Sky & Telescope article linked above. This simulated view depicts Jupiter and Saturn through the telescope around 6 p.m. EST December 21st. They won't be this close again until 2080. Despite appearances, Jupiter is 724 million kilometers closer to us than Saturn. North is at upper right. Image credit: Stellarium