Happy New Year, fellow stargazers! The amazing and historic show that the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn put on last month continues through the first half of January, but this is the final act.

On Dec. 21, they reached their closest conjunction with each other, only a tenth of a degree apart. The two planets hadn’t been that close since 1623 when Galileo was still alive.

Mike Lynch is an amateur astronomer and retired broadcast meteorologist for WCCO Radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul.

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