New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In a treat for the skygazers, the rare celestial event of the conjunction of two of the biggest planets of the solar system - Jupiter and Saturn - took place on Monday. The rare event is known to be the one which takes place once in every 400 years. In this Jupiter-Saturn conjunction 2020, the two planets appeared as one single bright star as they come within planetary kissing range. 

This great conjunction is also known as the 'Christmas Star' and was visible even with the bare eyes, however, using binoculars and telescopes were advised for the best experience of this once in lifetime celestial event. The great conjunction was visible from across the globe and everyone can witness the two gas giants very close to each other, while they remain to be hundreds of millions of miles apart in space. 

The conjunction also coincided with the Winter Solstice - the shortest day of the year in terms of hours of sunlight received in the Northern Hemisphere and summer solstice in the Southern Hemisphere.

People from different parts of India took to Twitter to share pictures and videos of the Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction. Here are some of them: 

"The date of the conjunction is determined by the positions of Jupiter, Saturn, and the Earth in their paths around the Sun, while the date of the solstice is determined by the tilt of Earth’s axis. The solstice is the longest night of the year, so this rare coincidence will give people a great chance to go outside and see the solar system," said NASA's Throop.

According to astronomers, conjunctions between the two largest planets in the solar system are not very rare as Jupiter passes Saturn every 20 years. However, the 'Christmas Star' is an extremely rare event as the two planets will cross each other at just one-tenth of a degree. 

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta