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When will the Joining of Jupiter and Saturn be seen from Sofia

The winter solstice, which will occur on December 21, this year will coincide with the joining of the sky of Jupiter and Saturn. A similar astronomical phenomenon could have been observed from Earth 794 years ago, TASS reported, quoted by BTA.
The agency cited the press service of the Moscow Planetarium. On December 21 this year, Jupiter and Saturn will participate in a unique spectacle. The planets will only be separated by 6 minutes of angle, which equates to 1/5 of the moon's disk. They will be able to be observed with the naked eye as a bright double star.

"The bright star of the solstice” is a rare fuse in the sky of the two giant planets - Jupiter and Saturn. For the last time, such an astronomical phenomenon could have been observed from our planet on March 4, 1226. Astronomers call the phenomenon “stellar solstice”, since on December 21 it is precisely the day of the winter solstice.

On this day the Sun in Sofia will set at 16.56 hours and about 30 minutes after that the light of the two planets will be noticed, noted Bulgarian astronomers. This phenomenon will be able to be observed from all over the world, but Europe, including Bulgaria, falls into the best observation area, and for us this approach will be the greatest. The end of the “union” of Jupiter and Saturn for the Bulgarian observer will occur with the sunset of the two luminaries - at 19.17 hours for Sofia.

Astronomers note that computer simulations of the solar system's own movements show that such an extremely visible approximation of Jupiter and Saturn is associated with the year of the appearance of the star of Bethlehem. It is very likely that the convergence of these two planets before 2020 is precisely the sign that foreshadows hope for the good then.


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