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Offline RYou

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Sunset December 21 - The Christmas Star
« on: December 10, 2020, 08:18:18 AM »
Over the next two weeks, the planets Saturn and Jupiter will move closer and closer together in the sky until Dec. 21, when they will overlap to create a single bright star - known as the Christmas Star  The alignment hasn't occurred for over 800 years.

The best time to view the Christmas Star will be to look southwest as the sun sets.

If you have a strong enough telescope, they will appear separate but the combined reflections from the sun will allow moons from each planet to be seen.

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Re: Sunset December 21 - The Christmas Star
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2020, 11:10:31 AM »
Ive seen the moons of Jupiter with my tele but not Saturn.  This would be cool but I live in Seattle, land of perpetual overcast skies and rain.  We won't have a chance to see it unless we go over the mountains and to the drier side of WA.  We did that for the solar eclipse when I was a teen.  My dad took the day off and took me and my friend over the mountains to see it.  It was incredible.  They didn't see it in Seattle other than it went from almost light to dark and then back to almost light.