The Winter Solstice Great Conjunction took place today and as the year came to an end, this seems to be a treat for the entire human race. Indeed, December 21 marks the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. It is said that the Jupiter and the Saturn appeared close to the sky today. This is certainly a a rare astronomical event which resembles the Winter Solstice Great Conjunction of the two planets, the Jupiter and the Saturn. This is very close to the age-old saying, every cloud has a silver lining. This is becoming a year end treat for all of us, and the Google is also celebrating the Winter Solstice and the Great Conjunction today with its latest doodle. This is also being said that you might be able to get a glimpse of the Great Conjunction today which has been happening for the very first time in the entire span of 400 years.
It is the Winter solstice observed in the 21st of December in the Northern Hemisphere which is marked as the shortest day and the longest night of the whole year. Besides, it is the day when the sun is at its lowest minimum elevation. The opposite thing happens today in the Southern hemisphere, and this is called the Summer solstice or the December solstice. It is when the Jupiter and the Saturn aligns from the perspective of the earth that the Winter Solstice Great Conjunction happens! This vibrant planetary conjunction is thus, referred as the Christmas star.
Great Conjunction explained in brief
As per the astronomer at NASA, Henry Troop, “You can imagine the solar system to be a racetrack, with each of the planets as a runner in their own lane and the Earth toward the centre of the stadium. From our vantage point, we’ll be able to be to see Jupiter on the inside lane, approaching Saturn all month and finally overtaking it on December 21.” The planets pass each other in the solar system on a regular basis. It is only once in a span of 20 years that the positions of these two planets align in the sky. However, the spectacle on the astronomical like is a bit special for this year. It happened the last time during 1623, which was around 13 years post the first telescope was invented by Galileo Galilei. Then, it was named as the Great Conjunction. Besides, it has been around 8 centuries now since the alignment of Jupiter and Saturn occurred, and that too, at the night. It is in this year that the Great Conjunction is taking place at the night.
Google Doodle: Winter Solstice Great Conjunction
Google did dedicate a doodle celebrating this sparkling episode, and the animated Doodle shows the alphabets of Google snow-capped, and the double O’s resemble the two planets, Jupiter and Saturn respectively. Saturn hi-fives Jupiter is counted as an excited Earth with a cute white winter cap. The Winter Solstice Great Conjunction is indeed a great event, and this plays a very significant role for all of us.