If you are old enough you might remember the movie the Dark Crystal, in which they prophesize The Great Conjunction. In that case the planets all lined up to signal the end.

Fortunately, the great conjunction this time is a Christmas Star, a rare alignment of Jupiter and Saturn appear as one in the night sky.

The Great Conjunction 2020

For the first time in over 400 years, we have another opportunity to witness what has become known as the Christmas Star. It will be by far the brightest star in the night sky, and will appear the largest and brightest on the 21st December 2020.

There have been other occasions where the two have been very close, but this is a special occurrence as the two planets will appear as one, making them especially bright and significant to many.

Hopefully the skies will be clear enough to afford everyone a spectacular view of this very rare Christmas Star.

If you enjoy astrophotography, or would just like to capture the moment, NASA has provided a range of tips for improving your night images with a range of different cameras and equipment. To check it out head to: go.nasa.gov/planetphototips


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