Baghdad / Nina/ The world is preparing for an astronomical phenomenon that has not occurred since the Middle Ages, as Saturn and Jupiter will come close to each other, and they will look like a double planet.Astronomer at Rice University, Patrick Hartigan, said in a statement: “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.”
He added, “The last time the two giant planets came close to each other on one line, it was in 1226.”
The world will witness the rare phenomenon after sunset on December 21, with the beginning of the winter solstice.
Hartigan confirmed that in the period between December 16 and 25, the two planets will be separated by less than a full moon, according to the British newspaper “Mirror”.
And the world’s inhabitants everywhere will be able to see the historical event as the two planets approach, but the closer the inhabitants of the northern regions of the planet Earth, the longer they see the phenomenon. / End 9