Google Doodle exhibits Jupiter and Saturn’s great conjunction

Published December 21, 2020, 4:37 PM

by Gabriela Baron

Google has replaced their homepage logo with an animated Doodle celebrating the Winter Solstice — also known as the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

(Google)

The animated Google Doodle exhibits “Great Conjunction,” wherein Saturn and Jupiter meet up for a quick high five.

This year’s Winter Solstice coincides with another special astronomical event — the “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn.

Jupiter and Saturn are 456 million miles apart and the conjunctions between the two planets only happen every 20 years; the last one happened in 2000.

However, these conjunctions aren’t created equal. 

The 2020 conjunction of the two planets will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1126.

The next “Great Conjunction” between Jupiter and Saturn may not happen again for the next 60 year, as the two planets will likely appear in a very close distance between each other until 2080.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said a low-pressure area (LPA) developed Sunday may spoil the astronomical event.

PAGASA said Metro Manila will be cloudy with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms.

If the weather permits, PAGASA said the giant planets will lie among the background stars of the constellation Sagittarius, the archer, with magnitudes -2.0 and 0.6, respectively.

 
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