#SouthernCalifornia #ChristmasStar on Monday December 21 2020.
NASA reminds Skywatchers that they, “are in for an end-of-year treat.”
“What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction easily visible in the evening sky over the next two weeks as the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn come together, culminating on the night of Monday December 21 2020.”
“Have you noticed two bright objects in the sky getting closer together with each passing night?
It’s Jupiter and Saturn doing a planetary dance that will result in the Great Conjunction on Monday December 21 2020.
On that day, Jupiter and Saturn will be right next to each other in the sky – the closest they have appeared in nearly 400 years!”
Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. Jupiter and Saturn are bright, so they can be seen even from most cities.
An hour after sunset, look to the southwestern sky.
Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible.
Saturn will be slightly fainter and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter until December 21 2020 when Jupiter will overtake it and they will reverse positions in the sky.
The planets can be seen with the unaided eye, but if you have binoculars or a small telescope, you may be able to see Jupiter’s four large moons orbiting the giant planet.