the turn of the year and the great conjunction

Really this is a day to record with a small drawing; not only is it the solstice, my very favourite winter day but also this day sees the wonderfully named Great Conjunction with Saturn and Jupiter

…in 1623, the solar system’s two giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, traveled together across the sky. Jupiter caught up to and passed Saturn, in an astronomical event known as a “Great Conjunction.”

What makes this year’s spectacle so rare, then? It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020, allowing nearly everyone around the world to witness this “great conjunction.”

From Nasa’s website: here

I hope we will be able to catch a glimpse.

I do have a particular interest in what goes in on the skies; planets, moons, meteors and stars have all featured in the Dds. It is a source of constant wonder and awe to me. Add this event to the turn of the year and I can almost forget the grim situation here.

Todays little drawing is a nod to the event, to the joyful feeling of the beginning of The Return of the Light and the old Yule festivals. A bagpipe playing creature and some cheering mice, an almost quarter moon and Saturn and Jupiter. I am not entirely sure the mice should be so happy though.

I adapted it to make a quick lino cut this afternoon.

I am going to leave this year on the cheery mice note, looking forward to better things in 2021. 🙂



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  1. Happy Great Conjunction and return to the light! We will be watching from Orlando and thinking of you.

  2. We saw the Christmas star tonight. Didn’t expect to as we can’t see the horizon from our home – but it was visible above the roofs. With binoculars I could see the brightness was two points.

  3. Gabrielle Richardson

    Sadly didn’t manage to see the Great Conjunction as it has been overcast and raining.
    Hopefully before they move to far apart we will get a glimpse.
    Love your record of the event.

  4. You were so lucky Diana! As Gay says it was just overcast and raining here. But I am happy sometimes just knowing these astronomical wonders are happening something shared by viewers so many years ago.

  5. Such a lovely little cartoon! Thank you! It made me feel happy. Be well you two. Love and Peace to both you and Mr. Chris.

    • Ha Mark.. I love the solstice. It gives me hope which is much needed right now.. I am of course writing this belatedly in Jan. Stay well and safe in lovely Florida. Think about you both often!xx

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