When does a tenth of a degree apart seem like hundreds of millions of miles away? Tonight.
As seen from Earth, Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest they have been in nearly 400 years when the sun sets today to coincide with the winter solstice -- the longest night of the year. This “Great Conjunction,” also known as the Christmas Star, creates the appearance of a double planet. It occurs when the orbits of Earth, Jupiter and Saturn align in a way that make the latter two planets look extremely close together.
If you seek a fun and socially distant activity after sunset tonight, this infographic from Lukas Partners' client UScellular provides tips for an evening of learning under the stars.