Watch the 5-day-old crescent moon meet Saturn on December 17

Watch the 5-day-old crescent moon meet Saturn on December 17

The Moon will meet Saturn, the second largest planet in the solar system, on Sunday (December 17) when the two celestial bodies approach each other.

The Moon will be roughly half illuminated during the close approach, and at about the same time, the two celestial bodies will share the same right ascension (the celestial equivalent of longitude) in an arrangement astronomers call a conjunction.

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