Christmas Star 2020: How to see the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn?

Henry Throop, an astronomer in the Planetary Science Division, said: “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 will appear closer and closer each night, low in the southwest skies.

Then on Monday, Jupiter will overtake Saturn and their positions will reverse in the following days.

And although you do not need any instruments to see the spectacle, a telescope or binoculars might help you spot Jupiter’s four biggest moons – Io, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.