On December 21, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will be only 1/5 of a moon-diameter apart! Guy Ottewell offers insights and charts showing a magnified (telescopic) view of their once-in-20-years great conjunction.
Poor Capricornus. The early Greek stargazers labeled it as a Sea Goat, but no amount of squinting - or even imagining - can help you see a Goat in this part of the sky. In 2020, Jupiter and Saturn come to the rescue!
The book called "The Jupiter Effect" suggested an alignment of planets in 1982 would cause earthly catastrophes, including a great earthquake on California's San Andreas Fault. There's another planetary alignment, of sorts, going on now. Will it cause volcanic eruptions? Charts, and info, from Guy Ottewell.
Like so much in astronomy, Jupiter's opposition happens in a way that's cyclical. And the cycle of oppositions for Jupiter is especially pleasing to the mind. Astronomer Guy Ottewell offers his insights - and chart-making skills - to you during this 2020 opposition of our solar system's largest planet.
Astronomer, artist and poet Guy Ottewell's beloved Astronomical Calendar ended its yearly print run in 2016, its 43rd year. But now it's back! Find the 2023 calendar here: https://www.universalworkshop.com/astronomical-calendar-2023/ And visit Guy’s website UniversalWorkshop.com or his blog at UniversalWorkshop.com/Guysblog. Guy's stories and art are used here with permission, and we are honored to have them. Thank you, Guy! The image shows Guy walking from the Carolina coast to the Blue Ridge mountains one spring (as depicted in Sky & Telescope magazine).