Stars and Stripes stripes.com 21 Dec, 2020 21:30 am

Here's how to see Monday night's Jupiter and Saturn 'double planet' (weather permitting)

Here's how to see Monday night's Jupiter and Saturn 'double planet' (weather permitting)
Monday night, Jupiter and Saturn will pair up in the southwestern sky, appearing closer than they have more than 800 years in some areas.

Here's how to see Monday night's Jupiter and Saturn 'double planet' (weather permitting) A star map of the night sky as seen on Dec.NASA/JPL-CALTECH/TNS Monday night, Jupiter and Saturn will pair up in the southwestern sky, appearing closer than they have more than 800 years in some areas.Monday night's spectacle will also be streamed online via the Virtual Telescope Project, Lowell Observatory, Vanderbilt University and Slooh, among others.A pocket of moisture around 30,000 feet may also bring high clouds to portions of the Gulf Coast on Monday night too, but there is a chance the veil of cloud cover may be thin enough to permit some sporadic viewing.

com, Monday night marks the closest visible conjunction of the two celestial bodies since March 5, 1226.Monday night's conjunction is especially marked, fortuitously landing on the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

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