Science City captures conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn for sky enthusiasts

Mohali: The Pushpa Gujral Science City, in collaboration with Rotary Club International, offered an opportunity to more than 200 students to watch live a rare celestial event on Monday evening as Jupiter and the Saturn appeared to merge and looked like a single bright star, in what is called the “Great Conjunction”.
Saturn and Jupiter, the two largest planets of our solar system, nearly overlapped by coming as close as 0.10, an event that hasn’t been visible since the middle Ages. The program was organized at Khalsa Senior Secondary School, Kharar.
Director General Science City, Dr Neelima Jerath informed today that the occurrence of this celestial event is so rare that the last time this conjunction happened was about 400 years and the last time it could be actually seen was in 1226. She also informed that Science City has always been proactive in capturing such Astronomical events for the space enthusiasts. Science City offers Night Sky Watching facility wherein one can experience the best view of planets.
Member of Punjab Infrastructure Regulatory Authority Manmohan Singh, informed that the planets will next come comparably close to each other on March 2080 but the conjunction will be visible in the year 2400. He informed that this happens due to movement of these planets at different speeds and indifferent orbits around the Sun.