Skygazers are hoping to get a glimpse of a cosmic coincidence experts say hasn't been seen since medieval times.
Experts agree Monday December 21, 2020 is the best day to catch Jupiter and Saturn as they appear closer in Earth’s night sky than they have since 1226 A.D. Astronomers call it the Great Conjunction of 2020 when the two largest planets in our solar system will appear to merge in Earth’s night sky. The two planets will appear from the Earth as if they are one giant celestial body, or a 'Christmas star,' when they are at their closest point.
NASA says unlike stars, sky watchers should be able to easily spot Jupiter and Saturn as they both shine steadily.
The weather in the Thompson-Okanagan isn't cooperating, however you can watch the celestial event on YouTube thanks to the Lowell Observatory who are offering a free live-stream.
The conjunction began on December 12th but will be the brightest on the 21st, which also coincides with the Winter Solstice.
The next Great Conjunction will occur in 2080.