2020 Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn nothing to fear about, rather a spectacular rare celestial event — DOST
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By EDD K. USMAN
(SDN) — TONIGHT the planets Jupiter and Saturn will provide earthlings something to cheer about in the time of the pandemic.
But not to fear, the celestial event that comes hundreds of years in between has nothing to do with bad luck. To be direct about it, it has nothing to do with the global pandemic.
That’s apparently the gist of the online media forum the Department of Science and Technoloy (DOST) conducted for science beat reporters and bloggers.
In the news briefing that also announced the event were officials of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), DOST’s weather agency, Dr. Nathaniel Servando, Mario Raymundo, Venus Valdemoro, and others.
Raymundo explained the heavenly happening with a PowerPoint presentation, deftly fielding questions from the attendees.
Servando invited Filipinos to watch the conjunction, emphasizing its rarity.
He described the Jupiter as a “spectacular (celestial) event” on the evening of December 21.
“The (PAGASA) forum was called to explain the scientific (cause of the event) to avoid misinterpretation.
“Let us make this (as) something special, remarkable day; astound and give us hope,” Servando said.
He said the conjunction signals the arrival of winter in the Western Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
Meanwhile, he announced that the Philippines will observe the first week of January 2021 as the National Time Consciousness Week.
The description “great” pertains to rarity of the celestial event
In a separate statement, PAGASA Administrator Dr. Vicente B. Malano described the event as the “great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.”
He said planetary “conjunction occurs when planets appear close to one another in the sky because they line up with Earth in their respective orbits.”
Celestial conjunctions, Malano said, are dubbed “great” because they are “the rarest and one of the brightest and closest on the average of conjunction between naked eye planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn).”
The 2020 Jupiter and Saturn conjunction appeared “six arc minutes.”
Malano said the conjunction last appeared on July 16, 1624. Its next appearance is projected to be on March 15, 2080.
Here’s some of the slides from Raymundo’s presentation:
To be updated. (✓)