2020, December 8-14: Jupiter begins its final approach to Saturn as a prelude to the Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020.
Jupiter and Saturn are found in the southwest after sunset. Begin looking as night falls, about 45 minutes after sunset. Jupiter is the bright star, about one-fourth of the way up in the sky above the southwest horizon. The observing window is good for about the next 90 minutes, but Jupiter gets lower in the sky. The pair sets about 3 hours after sunset.
Saturn is dimmer than Jupiter, but brighter than the other stars in region. The Ringed Wonder is to the upper left of the Jovian Giant.
During the week, Jupiter nearly cuts the gap to Saturn in half, from 1.1° to 0.7°
For more about the Great Conjunction, read our feature article. This is the closest Jupiter – Saturn conjunction since 1623.
June 26, 2022: Morning Star Venus and the lunar crescent are in conjunction this morning in the east-northeast before daybreak. The rare morning planet parade of the five planets is quickly breaking up.