Monday, December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer in the sky than they have in 400 years. Fox 8 news says, “The two planets will be so close that they will appear to be touching, separated by one-fifth the diameter of a full moon.” When the two biggest gas giants appear close they call it a “great conjunction.” Since the event is landing on a holiday week, people have been referring to it as the “Christmas Star.” Fox 8 news says it is best to go outside 45 minutes after sunset to see these planets. About 45 minutes after sunset, when you are able to see the planets you have about an hour viewing time. Jupiter will look brighter than Saturn, Saturn being on the left of Jupiter which will be more faint.
After failing to see the meteoroid last weekend because of the fog, I am hoping there will be clear skies tonight for all the people watching the planets. There are many great parks that are perfect for viewing. In my experience Frohring Meadows park in Geauga County is the perfect spot for you and your friends to see the planets. According to the weather there will be a high chance of rain, which may affect the visibility of the planets. Make sure to take lots of pictures tonight if you are able to see the planets since this is the first time in 400 years the planets will be so close together.