The planets Jupiter and Saturn will be at the closest possible distance to each other on Monday. Called as the 'great conjunction', it will be seen in the night sky between 6.30-7.30 PM. Such an event was last observed nearly 400 hundred years ago, in 1623 and the next one is likely to take place in 2080.
Those unable to watch the event at the planetarium due to curbs on crowding, can see the conjunction of the two stars online at www.taralaya.org. "As the sixth planet from the sun and second largest in the solar system, Saturn is a gas giant with an average radius of nine times that of earth," added the official. The conjunction also coincides with the longest day (December 21) in the year.
Scientists have identified a young star with four Jupiter and Saturn-sized planets orbiting it, the first time that so many massive worlds have been detected in such a system. The star, CI Tau, is located about 500 light years away in a highly-productive stellar 'nursery' region of the galaxy, said researchers from the University of Cambridge in the UK.