The “Christmas Star”: The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

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What is the “Christmas Star”?

The Christmas Star or the Great Conjunction is when Jupiter and Saturn get the closest in their orbit around the Sun. This only happens every 800 years, so this is a very rare event! The two planets look like a giant star. That’s how it earned the nickname. Scientists are waiting to investigate this phenomenon.

How can you watch this special event?

You can watch this event on December 21st, 2020. If you are not 800 years old, you may want to see this once in a lifetime event! You can watch this in the evening (EST). Remember, you can only watch this when the sky is clear.

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