San Antonio – Every 20 years or thereafter, Saturn and Jupiter revolve to give those of us who are getting a cure from Earth – to see the two planets together in the night sky. This year, however, the ‘great combination’ is getting a little extra hype for a few reasons.
The first is that this year’s coincidence will be the closest of the two planets. Since 1623. When the event occurs on Monday 21 December, the two planets will appear only 0.1 ° apart. For reference, it is about one-fifth of the apparent diameter of the Moon!
It is also a pleasant coincidence that this coincidence is at the peak of Christmas week – prompting many to nickname the combination as ‘Christmas Star’ or ‘Bethlehem Star’.
So how do you see this rare event in and around San Antonio Christmas week? here are some tips:
- Look southwest About 40 to 45 minutes after sunset. It is about 6:20 to 6:25 in the evening
- Although the event is on Monday, December 21, it would actually be the best night to watch Sunday, 20th. We will clear the sky on Sunday night, while there may be some cloud cover on Monday evening.
- The coincidence will appear through Christmas week. However, every night after Monday the planets will appear closer to sunset time – making it more difficult to see.
- The weather should be a little colder every night. For more information on the forecast, see our weather page!
Related: Rare ‘Christmas Star’ Will Light Up The Sky On Winter Solstice
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