The two largest planets in the solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, have dazzled astronomers for hundreds of years, but the two giants will do something next month unseen since the Middle Ages, when they will look like a double planet.
“The alignments between these two planets are rare, and they happen once every 20 years or so, but this alignment is extremely rare because of how close the two planets are to each other,” said astronomer at Rice University, Patrick Hartigan, explaining this rare phenomenon in a statement.
Hartigan said that the last time the two giant planets approached each other on a single line, it was in 1226, according to the American Fox News network.
The world will witness the rare phenomenon after sunset on December 21, with the beginning of the winter solstice.
Hartigan confirmed that between December 16 and 25, the two planets will be separated by less than a full moon.
As for those who observe the planets with a telescope, the two planets will be visible in the same field of view on the night of December 21, which is a great event for those interested in taking pictures of celestial bodies.
And people of the world from everywhere will be able to see the historical event as the two planets approach, but the closer the population to the northern regions of the planet, the longer they see the phenomenon.
Earth residents will have to wait until March 2080 to see the two planets this close again, in case they miss the opportunity to observe the phenomenon next month.
Source: Sky News