Today, Jupiter and Saturn which are actually separated by more than 600 million kilometers are expected to appear closer to each other in the night sky than they have for centuries, as they ‘meet up’ in what astronomers call a “great conjunction”. Since Jupiter takes a little less than 12 years to circle the sun and Saturn takes more than 29, the planets actually appear to earthlings to meet roughly every 20 years, and the last great conjunction occurred in May 2000, though that time the average stargazer likely missed it in the glare of the sun. Seen at the right hour, whether by telescope or the naked eye Dr Riaan Steenkamp, the Head of Physics and Astrophysics at the University of Namibia, told Future Media News this is not to be missed.