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How to See the ‘Double Planet’ This Month – LifeSavvy



A backlit telescope against the night sky pointed at Jupiter and Venus.
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2020 has seen eclipses and meteor showers and now there will be a “double planet”

; in December. But what is that and how and when do you even see it?

A “double planet” takes place because two planets are doing well, doubling. This month, Jupiter and Saturn pile up in the night sky, creating a phenomenon formally called a conjunction. This is the first time the two planets have come this close since the Middle Ages, and in a fun twist, it falls on the winter solstice, December 21.

To get the best view of the event, you need a telescope or binoculars. Even though the United States doesn’t have the best view (that’s down at the equator), most of the country will be able to see the event. To catch it, go around Twilight and look southwest for your best shot.

So mark your calendar now, because there will not be a new conjunction until 2080!

[Via House Beautiful]




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