18 January 2022,   21:20
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Jupiter and Saturn conjunction - two largest planets came closer together than they have been since the Middle Ages

The two largest planets in our solar system came closer together than they have been since the Middle Ages, and it’s happening just in time for Christmas - hence the nickname of the “Christmas Star”. While it’s not an actual star, the two planets will certainly make a bright splash in the night sky.


On the night of December 21, the winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn appeared so closely aligned in our sky that they looked like a double planet. This close approach is called a conjunction. The fact that this event is happening during the winter solstice is pure coincidence, according to NASA.

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