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Google Doodle Celebrates the Winter Solstice and the “Great Conjunction” | India News


NEW DELHI: Google celebrated the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere and the rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn with a squiggle on Monday, in collaboration with NASA.
December 21 marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, but in 2020 the longest night of the year will also witness an incredible astronomical event known as the “great conjunction.”
“As Earth’s northern hemisphere prepares for winter and its longest night of the year, it appears that Jupiter and Saturn have decided to put on a rather unusual spectacle for the world to see,” Google wrote.
The two largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will almost overlap to form a “double planet,” an event that has not been easily visible since the Middle Ages, nearly 800 years ago.
This rare double planet sighting, or “Great Conjunction,” can be seen from anywhere in the world.
Based on their orbits, from our point of view on Earth, Jupiter and Saturn will intersect within 0.1 degrees of each other (a fraction of the width of the full moon).
This once-in-a-lifetime encounter has been recreated in Doodle’s artwork, where we see an animated Jupiter from Saturn high-five as it moves through its orbit.
While the two planets will appear to be close, in reality the two gas giants will remain at a great distance approximately 450 million miles apart.
If you are interested in seeing the “Great Conjunction” on the longest night of the year, find a location with a clear view of the sky, such as a field or park.
One hour after sunset, Jupiter will look like a bright star and will be easily visible in the southwestern sky. Saturn will be slightly weaker and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter until December 21, when Jupiter will overtake it and they will change positions in the sky.
You can also use binoculars, but the planets can still be seen with the naked eye.

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