Celebrating the ‘great conjunction’, Google doodle exhibits the two planets in the solar system converging closer in their respective orbits on the first day of winter and giving each other a quick ‘high-five’. Google observes Winter Solstice today, which is the shortest day and the longest night of the year. Such a phenomenon occurs only when one of the earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. The last time we were treated to such a rare planetary alignment, was during the Middle Ages, nearly 800 years ago.
To celebrate this phenomenal day, Google has created an animated Doodle showing Saturn giving Jupiter a high-five as it slides by its solar system orbit, as the “snow-capped” little Earth looks on. They won’t appear this close until 2080.