Jupiter and Saturn appear together in a once-in-a lifetime spectacle

Local | 27 Nov 2020 3:22 pm

A rare spectacle will be visible when Jupiter and Saturn come near each other appearing nearly like one planet in the skies of Hong Kong on Deember 21.

This is a rare occurrence that happens in nearly every two decades and is called a conjunction.

Only about a 10th of a degree will separating the Jupiter and Saturn.

Jupiter and Saturn will be so close that sky gazers may not be able to see the two planets as separate bodies with their naked eye.

This is the closest the two planets would have been seen for almost the last 400 years, the Hong Kong Observatory says.

Between 6:00pm and 7:30pm Hong Kong residents could look at the two planets at a location with an unobstructed view of the sky in the west-southwest direction.  Hong Kong can watch the event on the nights of December 20 and 22, that is the days before and after the date of the appearing together of the two planets. 

Saturn has been trailing Jupiter across the night sky over the past few months.-Photos: Nasa


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