Earth and Saturn were closest to each other in a year today people in those parts of the world who were witnessing it at nighttime will be able to see the ringed planet with their naked eyes.
In India, the planets were closest to each other at 11:30 am.
The Deputy Director of Pathani Samanta Planetarium, Dr Suvendu Pattnaik said, "Once every year, Earth and Saturn come close to each other while revolving in their orbital path."
He also said that the two planets come closest to each other in a time span of 1 year and 13 days. Last year, the planets came close on July 20, 2020 and will again be seen on August 14, 2022.
The deputy director, Dr Pattnaik further added that when the planets are very close to each other and the average distance will be around 120 crores kilometres.
To which, the distance is 50 crore kilometres less compared to the maximum distance between them, which will happens after six months when Saturn will be across the other side of the Earth.