‘Christmas star’ 2020: Here’s some fun facts about the ‘great conjunction’ of Jupiter and Saturn


We are now closing in on the long-awaited night of Dec. 21, when Jupiter and Saturn will engage in their “great conjunction.” 

We call it a “great” conjunction because to ancient skywatchers, these were the two slowest moving planets in the sky. Jupiter takes nearly 12 years to describe a full circle in the heavens, spending a year visiting each zodiacal sign in the sky, while Saturn takes 29.5 years to make one full trip around the sun. Because of their respective slow movement, a conjunction or — to the ancients — a “celestial summit meeting,” was rather unusual. Such get-togethers happen, in most cases, about every 20 years on average. 

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