Season’s Greetings 2021

Jupiter Meets Saturn: In the closest Great Conjunction to occur for nearly 400 years, the two largest planets in our Solar System were separated from each other by just 0.1 degrees (1/5 the diameter of the full moon). This image by Matt Smith on Dec. 20, 2020 shows Jupiter with its 4 Galilean satellites alongside Saturn and its moons Rhea, Tethys, Dione and Titan. (The 2nd dot to the upper left of Jupiter is the star HIP 99314, caught here in a chance alignment with the orbital plane of the Galilean satellites.) ISSI is looking forward to hosting a workshop on dynamical interactions in the Saturnian system in May 2022.

ISSI wishes you and your beloved ones a safe and healthy holiday season and a great start to 2022!

Image Credit: Courtesy of Matt Smith (Instagram @insertastronamehere)