Fun + Free Family Adventures Over Winter Break ~ by Mary Rinck
The Brightest Star(s) in the Sky!
On the Winter Solstice, December 21st, the two biggest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, will appear closer in the Earth's night sky since 1226 A.D. - that's almost 800 years ago!
Astronomers are calling it the Great Conjunction of 2020, and some call it the "Christmas Star". It will be an incredibly rare occurrence to be able to fit both Jupiter and Saturn into the same telescopic field of view, as they will sit just 0.1 degrees apart, or a mere one-fifth the width of the Moon.
Watch it live yourself by going outdoors, or see it live online, courtesy of Lowell Observatory. (Beginning at 7 P.M. EST on December 21, Lowell astronomers and educators will share spectacular live views of Jupiter and Saturn through observatory telescopes while discussing the nature of conjunctions).
To learn more about this event and to watch the live streaming, visit Astronomy.com.
Visit Cape May Zoo In Person or Virtually
One of my happy, free places to visit at any time of the year.
- Donations are accepted
- Located in Cape May Court House, NJ - easy to access from the Garden State Parkway - or even easier, virtually!
- Join the weekly free lessons for children
Take a Tour of the Sky with the free SKY GUIDE app
Host a Dance Party Virtually or take it outside!
Visit the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia.
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