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Jupiter and Saturn will appear to align this December, creating a “double planet” in the night sky. It’s the first time since the middle ages the planets have aligned this close. You can see this planetary conjunction on the winter solstice, December 21.
For the first time since the middle ages, Jupiter and Saturn will become so close to each other in the night sky that they’ll appear as a brilliantly bright “double planet.” On the winter solstice, December 21, the solar system’s two largest planets will be visibly on top of each other in the western sky.
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If you live in the northern hemisphere, you can observe this planetary conjunction setting in the southwestern sky, shortly after sunset. If you’ve been waiting to take out your telescope, this may be the perfect opportunity. Even if you have an amateur telescope with the right eyepiece, you may be able to see the Galilean moons, the bands of Jupiter, and Saturn’s rings, all in one spectacular view.
Gskyer 70mm Aperture Telescope
With over 1,000 positive reviews on Amazon and a 4.6/5 rating, it’s not hard to see why Gskyer’s telescope is the retailer’s bestseller. This option features a 70mm aperture and fully coated optimal lenses to offer a crisp, clear view of the night’s sky. Tech savvy stargazers will appreciate the smart phone adapter and wireless camera remote, making it possible to view constellations from your screen. Thanks to its adjustable, aluminum alloy tripod, this telescope is suitable for every member of the family.
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