The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Mars

Stellarium Capture by Bryan Leonard

For four centuries we’ve waited to have the opportunity to see and photograph this rare astronomical event and we’ll have to wait until 2080 to enjoy it again!  It will happen on December 21st.  Both planets will appear in the sky just 0.1 degrees apart.  Bryan is planning to go to Birkmose Park.  He tells me we should be able to see it in the southwest sky around 6 pm.  I plan on joining him with hot chocolate and binoculars.

There are other things to see in December’s night sky.  The information on the conjunction is about 1 minute and 20 seconds into this short video from the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

This entry was posted in Inspiration, Just for fun.

One Comment

  1. Steve Cole December 18, 2020 at 7:46 am #

    Let’s hope for clear skies. I will try to view it from Menomonie with my hot chocolate from Caribou. 😉

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