Watch the “Great Conjunction” TONIGHT at Magazine Beach!

21 Dec

Tonight, December 21st, about an hour after sunset (sunset at 4:15pm), come watch Jupiter and Saturn align, their closest encounter in nearly 400 years.  The Powder Magazine terrace, along with the parking lot beside the Riverside Boat Club (closer to Pleasant St., on the western edge of the park), are good viewing locations.

While Jupiter and Saturn’s orbits bring the planets in alignment every 20 years or so, this will be the first time since 1623 that the two gaseous giants pass so close to one another.

For more info, see: https://www.space.com/great-conjunction-jupiter-saturn-christmas-star-2020-nasa-tips and https://www.space.com/great-conjunction-jupiter-saturn-2020-fun-facts. (This info and image, too, are from these sites.)

Today is the solstice—the longest night of the year—so, weather permitting, it should be a great night to watch the heavens. If the clouds don’t clear today, though, we’ll have another few nights to observe the planets in proximity. Of course, while they appear close, they are actually hundreds of millions of miles apart. Happy viewing! And happy, happy holidays!

To see the 2020 annual report for Magazine Beach Partners, click here: 2020 MBP Annual Report.

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