Something special is in the sky for all skywatchers and this is very well shown in today's Google Doodle.
Depicting the 'Great Conjunction' and coincidently the winter solstice as well, the doodle marks the visual overlap of planets Saturn and Jupiter in the night sky. It is a rare phenomenon that the world is set to witness on December 21.
Popularly known as the 'Christmas Star', the conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter is easily visible in the evening sky over the next two weeks, says NASA.
The planets regularly appear to pass each other in the solar system, with the positions of Jupiter and Saturn being aligned in the sky about once every 20 years.
However, this is the first time in 800 years that the alignment will occur at night.
The moment Jupiter and Saturn are closest in the sky on 21 Dec 2020— Dr. James O'Donoghue (@physicsJ) December 20, 2020
Los Angeles: 09:43
New York: 12:43
Rio de Janeiro: 14:43
New Delhi: 23:13
Tokyo: 02:43 (22 Dec)
Sydney: 04:43 (22 Dec)
(+/- minutes; see thread)
According to NASA, this is also the first time in nearly 400 years that the two planets have been so close to one another.
In India, the 'Great Conjunction' can be witnessed on Monday December 21 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.
Here is what you can do to see the phenomenon:
(Inputs from NASA)