The Rare Jupiter/Saturn Conjunction

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South Africans eagerly await the arrival of a phenomenal celestial event. This rare celestial phenomenon will make Jupiter and Saturn appear as one great star that is witnessed only every 200 years. however, according to NASA this is the first time in 400 years that the two giants will be this close to each other. The last time being the 16 July 1623.

The planets themselves are not really close to each other but will lie in the same direction. The conjunction will be visible to the naked eye. However, to enjoy the rare view grab yourself a home telescope or pair of binoculars.   

South Africans can witness this great sight tonight. In a previous interview we spoke to Science Engagement Dr Daniel Cunnama, who tells how we can view this phenomenon.

Header image: Michael Zuber 


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