Jupiter, Saturn to Appear as 'Double Planet' Next Month in ‘Exceptionally Rare’ Event | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

Jupiter, Saturn to Appear as 'Double Planet' Next Month in ‘Exceptionally Rare’ Event

Jupiter, a gas giant with a mass one-thousandth that of the sun, is the fifth planet from the sun and is the largest in the solar system. Saturn, the sixth planet from the sun, is the second-largest in the solar system with an average radius of about nine times that of Earth.

On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will be close together, or in conjunction, in an extremely rare event, according to a release from Rice University published by Phys.org.

In astronomy, conjunction refers to when two astronomical objects have the same right ascension or are on the same ecliptic longitude. Right ascension is defined as the angular distance of a point measured eastward along the celestial equator from the sun.

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