The Shortest Day

Submitted by ub on Mon, 12/21/2020 - 08:43

Winter solstice is our shortest day but the longest night of the year, so prepare yourself for some stress and a little more fear.

But don’t be too afraid because if you’re not an early riser, the earliest sunset has since passed, that’s what’s so important!
This day has finally arrived, Winter Solstice 2020 is here. The first day of winter is upon us just in time for Christmas 🌟 Star.

Winter’s exact arrival was at 5:02 a.m. Eastern time, which is known as the winter solstice and makes Monday the shortest day and longest night of the year in terms of how much daylight we all get to enjoy.

The greatest buzz of all is the super-rare “Christmas star” that will be shining in the southwestern sky tonight for the next several nights. These are Saturn and Jupiter. They are the two largest planets on our solar system and they are taking a path that will bring them closer to each other than they have been in almost 800 years.

From the naked eye of our vantage point standing right here on Earth, these two planets will suddenly appear as one big fat twinkling star shortly after the sun goes down, so prepare to be thrilled.

Skywatchers, you're in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat! Jupiter & Saturn are doing a planetary dance that will result in the Great Conjunction on Dec 21, just after sunset. Find out:

🤩 When and where to look up
📷 How to view the conjunction nasa.tumblr.com/post/637859420…