The conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was visible Tuesday night, Dec. 22, 2020 from Des Moines, despite some clouds.
Conjunctions happen every 20 years, and the last one was in the year 2000.
The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226.
“What has become known popularly as the ‘Christmas Star’ is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction easily visible in the evening sky over the next two weeks as the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn come together, culminating on the night of Dec. 21,” according to NASA.
It became visible about 45 minutes after sunset and remained visible for a while, in a southwest direction.
Some other nice sights were also photographed, courtesy local Photographer Elston Hill.
Click image to view photo gallery (Saturn is on the left and Jupiter on the right):