Jupiter and Saturn will share the same right ascension, with Jupiter passing 0°06' to the south of Saturn.
From Ashburn, the pair will become visible around 17:08 (EST) as the dusk sky fades, 18° above your south-western horizon. They will then sink towards the horizon, setting 2 hours and 22 minutes after the Sun at 19:10.
Jupiter will be at mag -2.0, and Saturn at mag 0.5, both in the constellation Capricornus.
The pair will be close enough to fit within the field of view of a telescope, but will also be visible to the naked eye or through a pair of binoculars.
A graph of the angular separation between Jupiter and Saturn around the time of closest approach is available here.
The positions of the two objects at the moment of conjunction will be as follows:
|Object||Right Ascension||Declination||Constellation||Magnitude||Angular Size|
The coordinates above are given in J2000.0. The pair will be at an angular separation of 30° from the Sun, which is in Sagittarius at this time of year.
|The sky on 21 December 2020|
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All times shown in EST.
The circumstances of this event were computed using the DE430 planetary ephemeris published by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL).
This event was automatically generated by searching the ephemeris for planetary alignments which are of interest to amateur astronomers, and the text above was generated based on an estimate of your location.
|20 Jul 2020||– Saturn at opposition|
|23 Jan 2021||– Saturn at solar conjunction|
|02 Aug 2021||– Saturn at opposition|
|04 Feb 2022||– Saturn at solar conjunction|
The Moon in conjunction with Venus and Jupiter, with the Very Large Telescope in the foreground. Image © Y. Beletsky, ESO, 2009.