Astronomy

2020: Great Conjunction Slideshow

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This is a slide show of the appearance of Jupiter and Saturn leading up to the Great Conjunction of December 21, 2020. This is the closest conjunction of the two planets since 1623.

For more about the Great Conjunction, read our feature article. This is the closest Jupiter – Saturn conjunction since 1623.

2020, December 4: Morning Star Venus, Gibbous Moon, Evening Planet Dance

In the morning sky brilliant Morning Star Venus waltzes through Libra near Zubenelgenubi in the east-southeast. Venus is “that bright star” in the eastern sky before sunrise. The bright gibbous moon shines near the Gemini Twins in the western sky. In the evening sky, Mars – in the east-southeast – marches through Pisces. Jupiter closes the gap on Saturn as a prelude dance to the Great Conjunction, 17 evenings away.

2020, December 3: Morning Star Venus in East, Evening Planet Dance

Brilliant Morning Star Venus waltzes eastward among the stars of Libra. It is near the star Zubenelgenubi. Farther west, the bright gibbous moon is near the middle of Gemini beneath the Twins. In the evening, Mars dances eastward among the dim stars of Pisces. Jupiter closes the gap on Saturn as a prelude dance to the Great Conjunction, 18 evenings away.

2020, December 2: Morning Star Venus, Moon in Gemini, Evening Planet Dance

Brilliant Morning Star Venus shines from the east-southeast before sunrise among the stars of Libra and near Zubenelgenubi. The bright gibbous moon is in the west at the feet of the Gemini Twins. After sunset, Mars is in the east-southeast, while Jupiter closes in on Saturn before the Great Conjunction in 19 days.

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