Planets put on celestial show in December skies

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At the London latitude, the planets will be about 5 degrees above the horizon, which is about the width of three fingers - so the best way to see them is to find somewhere high, and above the street lights, face south-west, hold out your hand horizontally and that'll give you a rough idea of how much above the horizon you want be looking. On this day, Jupiter and Saturn will come in a straight line in the sky.

According to Forbes science writer Jamie Carter, the two planets are "now really, really close to each other, and on December 21, 2020-the date of the December solstice-they're going to nearly appear to collide to become one super-bright point of light".

The last time the two planets were that close in the night sky was in July 1623, when James I was on the throne of England and Scotland. Check this out! " He said. In fact, earthlings haven't had a chance to glimpse the pair so close since the Middle Ages.

She said this also occurs at the December solstice, making it even more rare.

Oliver said that the two planets have been close to each other in Earth's sky for a while. Specifically, the planets will be separated by only a fifth of the diameter of a full moon.

If you look now, you can really see it in action.

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It's like the teens dancing in high school: They get closer together, "Oliver said".

Andrew Jacob, curator at Sydney Observatory, told ABC that the planets will be so close together that you will be able to see them in one eyepiece of a telescope.

Hurtigan said that before this rare incident occurred on 4 March 1226 and that the Christmas star still appeared in the sky at that time.

"2020 is a great year for astronomy, and a lot of incredible things have happened in the night - and day - sky", Oliver said. "We forget in these moments that it's too big for us to lend to them".

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