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As we know that the search engine giant Google often comes up with its unique and quirky doodles on a number of occasions, this time it has again brought a new and interesting doodle to celebrate the Winter Solstice 2020 and The Great Conjunction of planets Jupiter and Saturn. On Monday i.e, on 21 December 2020, the search engine giant changed its doodle. For those who don't know, winter solstice is the first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.
Winter Solstice also marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Usually, winter solstice takes place between 19 December to 23 December and this year it will be taking place on 21 December 2020. Today one of the Earth's poles will be tilted towards the Sun. This is why at one the poles, day is shortest and night is the longest in a year. From this day onwards the day will start getting longer than the night in the Northern Hemisphere. However, this phenomenon takes a reverse manner for the people living in the Southern Hemisphere. People living in the Southern Hemisphere will be experiencing shorter days and longer nights until the Summer Solstice.
Apart from this event,we are going to witness a rare astronomical event which is none other than the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. On this date, the rare double-planet sighting can be viewed from any part of the world as the two big planets of our solar system will be assigned in such a manner that they will seem to have come closer to each other. This rare and historical phenomenon will be known as 'The Great Conjunction' and will be taking place after 800 years.
The two planets will be next seen this close in the year 2080!
In order to make this event historical and memorable, Google has come with a really interesting doodle wherein you can see Jupiter and Saturn coming close for a quick high-five while the earth is 'snow capped' and enthusiastically watches the planet coming close. The snow capped earth represents the winter solstice. "As Earth's Northern Hemisphere hunkers down for winter and its longest night of the year, it seems Jupiter and Saturn have decided to put on quite an unusual show for the world to see," mentioned Google on its blog.
The two great planets will be 450 million miles apart and will still appear close to us.
So if you are an astronomy enthusiast and sky lover, then you need not miss this historical event. You will be able to see Jupiter like a bright star in the sky one hour after sunset in the south-west direction whereas Saturn will be seen above and slightly left of Jupiter. Saturn will be a bit fainter than Jupiter.