Jupiter, Saturn will form rare 'double planet' on Dec. 21 | WNYT.com

Jupiter, Saturn will form rare 'double planet' on Dec. 21

WNYT Staff
Updated: November 26, 2020 12:17 PM
Created: November 26, 2020 12:08 PM

For the first time since the Middle Ages, Jupiter and Saturn will become so close to each other in the night sky that they will appear as a double planet.

On December 21, or the Winter Solstice, the two largest planets will be visibly on top of each other in the western sky.

For people living in the Capital Region, you will be able to see them setting in the southwestern sky, shortly after sunset. Do not wait too long, because the planets will dip below the horizon only a couple of hours after the sun sets.

You won’t be able to see it this close again until March 15 of 2080.


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