Tag: Saturn

2020, December 21: Observing the Great Conjunction

December 21, 2020. Jupiter passes Saturn in a close conjunction, known as a great conjunction. This conjunction is visible from across the globe. Across the world the planets are visible in the south-southwest after sunset. This is a slow-moving event that has been unfolding throughout 2020. This article describes how to observe and photograph this world-wide astronomical spectacular.

2020, November 15: Morning Planets Waltz, Evening Planets Dance

Five bright planets are visible during the nighttime hours. Brilliant Morning Star Venus is “that bright star” in the southeastern sky before sunrise. Venus waltzes near the star Spica leading up to its widely-spaced conjunction with the star. Mercury puts on its best morning display of the year to the lower left of Venus. During the evening in the south-southwest, Jupiter slowly dances toward Saturn as a lead-up to the December 21, 2020 Great Conjunction. Mars slowly dances eastward in Pisces in the eastern sky.

2020, November 12: Morning Star Venus, Crescent Moon Dances, Planets

This morning’s spectacular sky includes a thin crescent near Morning Star Venus with Mercury and Spica nearby, as the moon dances past the morning planets. Venus continues to shine as “that bright star” in the east before sunrise. In the evening Mars marches is nearing the end of its retrograde motion in Pisces. Jupiter approaches Saturn in eastern Sagittarius as a prelude to the Great Conjunction on December 21, 2020.