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Stargazers will enjoy the spectacular view of Saturn and Jupiter appearing to kiss in the night sky tonight in an event not seen in centuries.

When the planets align today, in what is known as the “Great Conjunction,” Jupiter and Saturn will be within 0.1 degrees of each other.

They will be so close that they will look like a single bright star, the Perth Observatory Explain.

There was a Great Conjunction in 1623, however astronomers predict that tonight’s event will be visible around the world and will not be lost in the glare of the sun.

Saturn, above and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Virginia's Shenandoah National Park.  The two planets are approaching in the sky as they head towards a
Saturn, above and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park. The two planets approach each other in the sky as they head toward a “grand conjunction” on December 21, where the two giant planets will appear one-tenth of a degree apart. (POT)

With Christmas getting so close, some astronomers believe that the famous Star of Bethlehem, mentioned in the biblical account of the birth, may have been an astronomical conjunction of the planets.

Dr. Brad Tucker, an astronomer at the Australian National University (ANU), said the next Great Conjunction will be the closest to Earth in nearly 800 years.

“This is a special event and the closest since 1226,” he said.

“It will also be the longest day of the year, occurring on the summer solstice.

“You may think that Mars and Venus are the romantics, possibly in a stormy relationship, but it’s actually Jupiter and Saturn getting closer and personal.

“If you have a small telescope or a pair of binoculars, you can see that Jupiter and Saturn seem to touch each other; you should be able to see the rings and the shape of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter.”

The planet Jupiter.
The planet Jupiter. (POT)

Where and when to see it

In Australia, the conjunction will be best viewed shortly after 11pm AEDT or 8pm WST, and there will be only a small amount of time to see it.

“To see the conjunction no matter where in the world you are, you will have to go out early in the evening and if you are in the southern hemisphere you will have to look down in the west and Jupiter will be on the left and Saturn will be on the left. right at approximately 4 o’clock from Jupiter “, the Perth Observatory said.

In case the weather conditions in your area are not pleasant to witness this heavenly event, several live broadcasts will be available.

the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, it will host a program that will showcase live views through its telescopes.

The broadcast will be on the observatory’s YouTube page.

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