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Jupiter-Saturn conjunction trends with people sharing pictures and videos

In the once-in-a-lifetime rendezvous, Jupiter and Saturn will cross within .1 degrees of each other (a fraction of the width of the full moon), overlapping to form a double planet.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 22, 2020 10:53:07 am
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Jupiter and Saturn, the two of the biggest planets in our solar system aligned the closest to each other on December 21, resulting in a ‘conjunction’. Social media platforms have been flooded with pictures and videos of the phenomena and it was even trending on Twitter.

In the once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon, Jupiter and Saturn will cross within .1 degrees of each other (a fraction of the width of the full moon), overlapping to form a ‘double planet when seen from Earth.

#jupitersaturnconjunction dominated Twitter trends as people shared pictures and videos of the phenomenon.

The planets regularly appear to pass each other in the solar system, with the positions of Jupiter and Saturn being aligned in the sky about once every 20 years. However, this is the first time in nearly 400 years that the planets passed this close to each other in the sky resulting in the great conjunction, said NASA.

“Skywatchers, you’re in for an once-in-a-lifetime treat! Jupiter & Saturn are doing a planetary dance that will result in the Great Conjunction on Dec 21, just after sunset,” NASA’s official Twitter account tweeted.

The vibrant planetary conjunction is easily visible in the evening sky and is popularly known as the ‘Christmas Star or the ‘Bethlehem star’. The rare space event also marks the Winter Solstice, the shortest day time of the year.

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