The latest Google Doodle celebrates the winter solstice and the Great Conjunction on December 21st with an animated graphic. Winter solstice usually occurs in the northern hemisphere between 19 December and 23 December. Today’s animated doodle “celebrates the first day of the Northern Hemisphere winter, as well as a visit to this rare double planet – or” Great Conjunction “- which can be seen from anywhere in the world!”
December 21 marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and is the shortest day and longest night of the year. In the Southern Hemisphere, the opposite is true. Great conjunctions occur when Jupiter and Saturn overlap in the night sky. Jupiter Saturn Great Conjunction is being referred to as the ‘Christmas Star of 2020’.
According to NASA, this event would occur about 400 years later, since the planets were close to each other in the sky and about 800 years after Jupiter and Saturn lined up on the night.
What is the Great Conjunction?
A great connection is a connection between Jupiter and Saturn when the two planets are seen together in the sky. Great connections occur almost every 20 years as Jupiter “overtakes” Saturn in its orbit. They have been named “great” because of the rare connections between the naked-eye planets (except for Uranus and Neptune).
According to NASA astronomer Henry Through, you can imagine the solar system as a race track, with each planet running towards its own lane and towards the center of the stadium. For our convenience, we will be able to see Jupiter in the inner lane, orbit Saturn all month, and finally pass it on December 21. “
The planets in the solar system regularly pass each other. The positions of Jupiter and Saturn are aligned in the sky about once every 20 years. But this year’s space scene is particularly rare for a number of reasons. It’s been nearly 400 years since the two planets moved closer together in the sky. The last time this happened was in 1623, 13 years after Galileo Galilei built his first telescope when it was named ‘The Great Conjunction’.
It’s been almost 800 years since Saturn and Jupiter were aligned at night. The Great Conjunction is happening tonight, allowing many around the world to witness the extraordinary phenomenon of the alignment of these bright planets in our night sky.
The Google doodle
Google has dedicated a doodle to celebrate this glittering heavenly episode The animated doodle shows the alphabet of Google Snow-capped, where the double O is represented as Jupiter and Saturn, respectively. Doodle, Saturn has high-fived Jupiter as a vibrant Earth and has a beautiful white winter cap watch. While scrolling the mouse over the doodle, it reads, ‘Celebrating Winter 2020 and The Great Conjunction.
You can click the doodle to see the search results for “Winter solstice and the Great Conjunction”. The doodle is visible in India, Cambodia, Russia, most of Europe, parts of Africa, and North America. A ‘Celebrating Summer 2020 and the Great Conjunction’ doodle with the same animated doodle is visible in the Southern Hemisphere.
Which planets will be aligned in 2022?
On March 2, 2022, at 15:48 GMT (10:48 a.m. EST), Mercury will cross simplest zero°41′ to the south of Saturn, making it the closest conjunction of these two planets in 2022. The objects shall be located within the constellation Capricornus, shining with a visual magnitude of -0.1 (Mercury) and zero.7 (Saturn).
How long does the great addition last?
According to NASA, the event first appeared on Earth on December 13, 2020, and will last about two weeks from December 15 to 29 December.
Great additions still visible?
December’s great connection in 2020 is the first between Saturn and Jupiter in almost 800 years, and fortunately, the Stargazers will have multiple opportunities to see it. According to NASA, the event first appeared on December 13, 2020, and will last about two weeks from December 15 to 29 December.
How long will Jupiter and Saturn stay together?
Since the orbits of each planet are slightly inclined and oblique, the proximity of each great connection varies. This is why it has taken 400 years for the planets to be so close together that the next mass reunion has not been scheduled until 2080.
What does winter solstice mean?
Winter solstice is the time of year when the earth tilts away from the sun, like the rest of the year. The winter solstice becomes the shortest day, which means it has the longest period of darkness.
How often will the great connection happen?
When Jupiter “overtakes” Saturn in its orbit, large connections occur almost every 20 years. Naked-eye planets (excluding Uranus and Neptune) have been named “great” because of their rare connections.