The Great Conjunction of 2020 – when Jupiter and Saturn were closer in the sky than at any time for nearly 400 years – has now taken place. Jupiter is now to the east of Saturn in the sky and is moving away from it daily, but you can still see the pair until the first week in January when they will start to get very low in evening twilight sky.
Jupiter and Saturn are getting closer together as seen in the sky – and on Monday 21 December they’ll be closer than at any time in nearly 400 years.
The Geminid meteors (shooting stars) are at their best this December, and with no Moon around to wash out the view, all you have to worry about is the clouds!
Here is a map of the sky as it will appear from the latitude of London (51° 50′) this month, at 22h UT (GMT).
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