On the night of the winter solstice, a rare cosmic event known as A. Planetary conjugation It happened when two of the largest planets in our solar system passed each other.
During the conjunction, also referred to as the “Christmas star,” Jupiter and Saturn appeared to unite for a few brief moments and shine as one bright double planet, when in reality both planets were more than 400 million miles away.
Star-watchers, astronomers, and photographers alike tune in to the best cameras and telescopes to document the stunning event. The Deseret News I took several photos from the western Utah desert that can be viewed This show.
Here are some other photos (via ScienceAlert.com):
Tom Kirin, A retired writer and meteorologist This beautiful picture Of the four largest moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Jupiter on his Twitter account. According to Keren, the photo was taken by Sajal Chakravorty in Melbourne, Australia:
Great coupling. Jupiter and its 4 largest moons (550 million miles away) and Saturn (1 billion miles away). Telescope image from Melbourne, Australia by Sajal Chakravorty pic.twitter.com/q5971CTD4A
Tom Kirin (TomKierein) December 22, 2020