Looks like we might get some clear skies, Seattle and friends, and with it a chance to see the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn as they draw close enough over the next 10 days to look like one big star.
The so-called “Christmas star” should be visible in the southwest sky about 45 minutes after dark, according to the National Weather Service in Seattle.
Jupiter and Saturn will be closest this year on Dec. 21.
The phenomenon is not so rare; it happens every 20 years but this one will be the closest observable conjunction of our solar system’s giants since 1226, according to EarthSky.
Weather service meteorologist Maddie Kristell said Friday night and Saturday morning are probably going to be the best window for any peek at the weekend’s celestial events.
Things will start to dry out in the Puget Sound area on Friday and by the evening, the skies could be clear.
The next rain, which is expected to arrive early Sunday morning and last through Monday, may be preceded by some high-level clouds that could limit Saturday night’s skywatching, she said.
“This is probably going to be the best night,” she said.
Although the peak of the annual Geminid meteor shower — typically the best shooting star gallery of the year — will be on Dec. 13 and 14 (very early Sunday morning), a worthwhile show may be visible around 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
And, heck, if you want to just make a whole night of it, you can stay up till after 5:30 a.m. on Saturday morning and look to the southwest sky to see Venus nestled up to a sliver of the crescent moon.