Jupiter and Saturn are coming so close to each other centuries later that at night they will appear as a ‘pair of planets’.
These planets are getting closer to each other with each passing night and will be closest on December 21.
According to astronomers, the proximity of these two major planets in the solar system is not uncommon because Jupiter orbits the Sun every 20 years and passes by its progenitor Saturn.
But the December 21 event is important because the two planets will be much closer than usual and will be visible in the sky after sunset on Monday.
Interestingly, the night of the approach of the two planets is the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, and as it is approaching Christmas, different views are being expressed by different Christian circles.
According to some circles, this combination of planets or a unique space event could reveal light in the sky that was probably seen 2,000 years ago.
This light from 2,000 years ago is also called the Star of Bethlehem or the Christmas Star.
The last time these planets came so close was in July 1623, but at that time it was almost impossible to see them on Earth because they were so close to the sun.
But this time the spectacle will be seen almost all over the world and the last time this happened was in March 1226 when Genghis Khan, who had conquered different parts of the world, died.
This system of Jupiter and Saturn will be visible shortly after sunset on December 21, which will be southwest in the sky.
Saturn and Jupiter will feel together and will need binoculars to see separately.
Apparently, the distances between these planets, which are very close to each other, will actually be more than 450 million miles, while the Earth will be more than 550 million miles away from Jupiter.