What is ‘The Great Conjunction’ everyone is talking about on social media today? December 21, explained

Published on December 21, 2020

Seemingly everyone is talking about what’s going on with the planets tonight, the night of December 21. Astrology TikTok is going wild, and memes about planets are all over Instagram. In case you’re wondering what’s going on up there, here’s an explanation of why this December 21 is such an important day up in space.

The Great Conjunction

Tonight, the night of December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will come together. The planets regularly circle near each other, and pass each other once about every 20 years, aligning briefly. This year, however, is not just the average conjunction.

Jupiter and Saturn haven’t passed this close together in about 400 years. It’s also been nearly 800 years since the alignment occurred at night. When the planets pass at night, it allows all of us, or at least most of us, to see the planets do their thing. Just after sunset, with only the naked eye, we should be able to see the planets come together in the Southwest sky.

Although Jupiter and Saturn will seem to be very close together from our point of view here on earth, in space they will remain millions of miles apart.

The Winter Solstice

Today also happens to be the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Scientists say that this is simply a rare coincidence. The conjunction is determined by the position of Earth, Jupiter, and Saturn, and the planets just happened to align today.

For those who are interested in astrology, this grand coincidence is a big deal and an omen of many things to come. On Instagram, astrology enthusiasts are lauding this conjunction as a rebirth, kickstarting a new cycle that will last for 200 years.

Famous TikTok astrologer Maren Altman did a whole in depth explanation of what this December 21 conjunction could mean in ~astrology~ terms.

@marenaltman

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Whether or not you believe in the power of the planets to influence our lives, this Great Conjunction is a fascinating scientific phenomenon that will not occur again in our lifetimes. Or or grandchildren’s lifetimes. You don’t even need a telescope, so right around sunset, go outside, face Southwest and see the planets literally align.

Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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