Jupiter and Saturn Are Getting Together to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Who's up for a little celestial event? Today (the Winter Solstice, mind you), Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely that they'll appear to become one, giant star, and everyone on social media is buzzing about it. Sometimes called the Star of Bethlehem, or the Christmas star, this alignment will be the closest the two planets have been since 1226, marking what's referred to as the Great Conjunction -- from Earth, they'll appear to be less than the diameter of a full moon apart. It won't happen again until 2080, and how fitting that we're just a few days away from Christmas?

Brigitte Carreiro
by Brigitte Carreiro
Dec 21, 2020