Everyone is excited to look at the night sky and see the planets align, but did you know that every time this takes place, an “unexpected event” always happens? Aside from the extraordinary beauty that is witnessed in the sky, assassinations of U.S. Presidents also took place during Jupiter or Saturn conjunctions. What is the Great Conjunction Curse and will it happen again this 2020?
What will happen during the Great Conjunction?
The Great Conjunction is the astronomical event when 2 gas giants align. This event happens every 20 years, and this December 21, 2020, we will be able to witness the closest planetary alignment of Jupiter and Saturn in the last 800 years. This is the closest that the 2 planets have ever been which is why almost everyone is excited and looking forward to this event – both astronomers and ordinary citizens alike.
When was the last Jupiter Saturn conjunction?
The Great Conjunction happens every 20 years, so the last event recorded similar to this was in the year 2000. However, this year’s Great Conjunction is the closest since 1623, and Jupiter and Saturn will get so close together that the two will appear like a bright star in the sky. The next Conjunction where the planets will be aligning very closely again will be in the year 2080.
The Great Conjunction History
The alignment of planets has been viewed differently. For some, it is a sign of rebirth and new beginnings, but for some, this event is viewed as an omen or a warning of things to come like the great flood, the birth of Christ, and even the collapse of civilization. Assassinations of US Presidents also took place during a Jupiter or Saturn Conjunction:
- Abraham Lincoln – Saturn and Mercury
- John F Kennedy – Jupiter and Saturn
- James Garfield – Jupiter and Venus
- William Mckinley – Saturn, Moon, and Jupiter
(You may view a detailed explanation of the relation between the assassinations of the U.S. Presidents and the alignment of planets by visiting this link.)
Is this a mere coincidence or does the Great Conjunction bring with it a curse? Is this why the outbreak of the Coronavirus which took away millions of lives all over the world happened in the year of the Great Conjunction? Whatever it brings, we surely would not miss seeing this extraordinary event!