Dec 21 2020

Thus, every 20 years, Jupiter catches up to Saturn as viewed from Earth.

Crescent Earth, distant crescent moon, Jupiter and Saturn close together with their orbits, labeled constellations.

Artist’s concept of Jupiter and Saturn in December of 2020, as viewed from a space-based perspective. Their conjunction will be December 21. See the moon in this drawing? It’ll be along our line of sight to the planets on December 16, 2020. Chart via Jay Ryan at ClassicalAstronomy.com.

From the years 2000 to 2100 inclusive, as viewed from our planet Earth, these Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions (in ecliptic longitude) happen on these dates:

May 28, 2000
December 21, 2020
October 31, 2040
April 7, 2060
March 15, 2080
September 18, 2100

These great Jupiter/Saturn conjunctions recur in periods of 20 years. Each year, Saturn completes about 12 degrees of its orbit around the sun, whereas Jupiter completes about 30 degrees. Therefore, in one year, Jupiter closes the gap between itself and Saturn by about 18 degrees (30 – 12 = 18 degrees). In a period of 20 years, then, Jupiter gains 360 degrees on Saturn (18 x 20 = 360 degrees), therefore lapping the ringed planet once every 20 years.

So start watching Jupiter and Saturn now! And mark your calendar for the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21, 2020. 

Jupiter and Saturn near the Teapot in Sagittarius, with a large yellow arrow drawn to indicate when they'll resume eastward motion.

View at EarthSky Community Photos. | Dr Ski added an arrow to show that Jupiter and Saturn are now moving in retrograde (westward) toward the famous Teapot pattern in the constellation Sagittarius. They won’t quite make it before resuming their normal, eastward motion in mid-September 2020. Thanks, Dr. Ski.

Bottom line: The upcoming great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be December 21, 2020. This is a once-in-20-years event. In September, these two planets are in the sky when darkness falls. They are bright and easy to see. Charts and more info here.

Published by Maria Chicago Native

Maria Zen Creations is the beginning of my journey with Love & Light coming together. So how does "light" and "love" come together in this world? Well, Love is the glue that binds existence together for us spiritually and mentally. Without love, what would be the point for us? I believe we all come together in a spiritual circle --Namaste---meaning "I bow to you"---it is beautiful. In Conclusion, I want to pass along my love energy, and I am also giving you some of my love light. ---Maria Zucchero

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