'Great conjunction' offers rare planetary event
December 17, 2020
On Dec. 21 - the shortest day of the year - two planets will align in the evening sky, giving stargazers an opportunity to view a Christmas kiss.
The last time the Jupiter and Saturn passed this close to each other was on July 16, 1623. Prior to that, they crossed paths in 1226.
The proximity of planets may make the two appear as one unit during the winter solstice.
The Christmas kiss, dubbed by Dr. Brad Tucker of Australia's National University, will be visible approximately one hour following sunset in the western sky.
Mark Urwiler, owner of Honey Creek Observatory, located north of O'Ne...