On Dec. 21, the southern hemisphere's summer solstice, the "great conjunction" of Jupiter and Saturn—which happens every 20 years—will been visible in the night sky. But this year, the two gas giants will appear the closest they have been since 1623—only 0.1 degree apart.
"You'll see a thin crescent moon and two bright objects right next to it—that will be Jupiter and Saturn getting up close and personal," said Tucker of the upcoming "dance" of the gas giants. "If you have a small telescope or pair of binoculars, you should be able to see the rings and shape of Saturn and the moons of Jupiter."
Tucker said that to view the meteor shower, you need to be away from light pollution.
"Some years are better than others, and this year should be a good one," said Tucker said.
Space Australia's astrophysicists and science communicator Kirsten Banks said Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people have a long history using astronomy for things like navigation, timekeeping. Astronomy is also a key element in their ancient culture. Many traditional cultures around the world have deemed astronomical events to be of spiritual and social significance.
"They talk about the planets as spirits that walk the path (the ecliptic) both forwards and backwards (retrograde), and [I] think that is an incredible example of detailed astronomical observations made by Aboriginal peoples in this country for thousands of years."
Astrophysicist and Women in STEM ambassador Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith said seeing Jupiter ad Saturn through the same lens is a "once-in-many-lifetimes opportunity." It is a chance for all family members to head outdoors and look up, she said.