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  • The Great Conjunction- Saturn and Jupiter!

    Jupiter-Saturn Great Conjunction: Watch Best View Since Middle Ages!
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    by Lance D. Davis

    Stargazers get ready for a nice treat as we are about to witness a super-rare planetary alignment not seen for almost 800 years!

    Our solar system’s two biggest worlds – the mighty Jupiter followed by the glorious ringed Saturn – will appear in the sky next to each other at their closest since 1623 and closest visible from Earth since the Middle Ages in 1226. This will happen on Dec. 21, 2020, during an event called a “great conjunction.”

    Astronomers use the word conjunction to describe close approaches of planets and other objects on our sky’s dome. They use great conjunction specifically for Jupiter and Saturn because of the planets’ top-ranking sizes.

    view of the 2020 great conjunction through the naked eye just after sunset
    A graphic made from a simulation program, showing a view of the 2020 great conjunction through the naked eye just after sunset at approximately 5:15 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 21.
    Credit: NASA
    Great conjunctions between Jupiter and Saturn happen every 20 years, making the planets appear to be close to one another. This closeness occurs because Jupiter orbits the Sun every 12 years, while Saturn’s orbit takes 30 years, causing Jupiter to catch up to Saturn every couple of decades as viewed from Earth.

    The last conjuction between these planets took place on May 28, 2000. This year’s conjunction occurs on Dec. 21, which coincidentally is also the date of the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The 2020 conjunction is unique because of how close Jupiter and Saturn will appear. In most conjunctions, Jupiter and Saturn pass within a degree of each other. This year, they will pass 10 times closer to each other – the closest in nearly 400 years.

    view of the 2020 great conjunction through a telescope
    A graphic made from a simulation program, showing the view of the 2020 great conjunction
    through a telescope at approximately 5:15 p.m. (EST) on Dec. 21. Credit: NASA
    Currently, you can watch Jupiter and Saturn get closer in Earth’s sky each evening until their grand finale on Dec. 21. Just look for them shortly after sunset, shining brightly and low in the southwestern sky. Also, tune in to NASA Science Live or NASA Facebook on Dec. 17 at 3:00 p.m. EST (2:00 p.m. CST) and learn how to see Jupiter and Saturn’s great conjunction.

    During the great conjunction, the giant planets will appear just a tenth of a degree apart – that’s about the thickness of a dime held at arm’s length!

    Uploaded Dec 18, 2020 by Gina Wray
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    Uploaded Dec 02, 2020 by Gina Wray
  • Formation of the Planets Video

    Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCkhEu3lYNc&ab_channel=LincolnLearningSolutions

    Uploaded Oct 20, 2020 by Chara Webster
  • WATCH IT! Station for Webquest

    Uploaded Sep 17, 2020 by Gina Wray
  • video 23:07 Candy Lab 7th Grade

    Watch this video to get an idea of what to do during the lab and how to collect your data. You can also get your data from this video if you can not do the lab yourself.

    Uploaded Aug 20, 2020 by Gina Wray
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    Uploaded Aug 12, 2020 by Jenny McCrery

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