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Posted: Sunday, December 20, 2020 1:20 p.m.

A rare conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that will make them look like a single point of light in the sky will happen on Monday night.

The planet Jupiter is the brightest object in the sky after the sun, moon and Venus. Jupiter will intersect with Saturn, which is only slightly weaker.

The event is known as “a great conjunction”. It happens every 20 years, but not just before Christmas and not so visible on Earth. 400 years have passed since Jupiter and Saturn passed as close to each other as they will on Monday night, and in 1623 the passage was lost in the brightness of the sun. The last time they were so close and people could see them was in 1226.

The best view of the two planets will come looking southwest immediately after sunset.