Those who have clear skies tonight are in for a celestial event that hasn’t happened for 800 years. Our forecast though doesn’t put the odds in Nova Scotia’s favour. As it seems with most major events, rain is in the forecast.
NASA says our solar system’s two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, will appear closer together on December 21 than they have in 400 years and be more visible than they have in 800 years.
Known as the “Great Conjunction,” NASA says the planets will appear so close together tonight that if you hold out a pinky finger, you could easily cover them both.
“The solstice is the longest night of the year, so this rare coincidence will give people a great chance to go outside and see the solar system,” said Henry Throop, an astronomer in the Planetary Science Division at NASA’s Washington headquarters.
To see the Christmas Star, NASA says to go to a locations such as a field or park, that gives you an unobstructed view of the sky. Being the winter solstice, tonight is also the darkest night of the year bringing optimal viewing conditions.
Look to the southwestern sky an hour after sunset. Jupiter will be bright and easily visible, while Saturn will be slightly fainter and will be to its right.
The current rainfall warning out for the majority of Nova Scotia is going to play a hindrance in seeing the event.