Jupiter, Saturn merging in night sky, closest in centuries

Saturn and Jupiter, seen in the upper left, are drawing closer in the sky as they head towards a conjunction on December 21. Saturn and Jupiter, seen in the upper left, are drawing closer in the sky as they head towards a conjunction on December 21. |  Photo: NASA/Bill Ingalls

MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer
Updated: December 18, 2020 09:52 AM
Created: December 18, 2020 09:42 AM

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - Jupiter and Saturn will merge in the night sky Monday, appearing closer than they have in centuries.

The last time the two gas giants looked this close together was during Galileo's time in the 17th century. But it occurred close to the sun and was hard to see.

Jupiter and Saturn's merger in the 13th century was considerably closer and in plain view.

To see it Monday, go out a little after sunset and look to the southwest.

Jupiter will be the brighter of the two.

Despite appearances, they'll actually be more than 450 million miles apart.

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MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer

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