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Great Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn

By NevJB
Well, it has taken a time to get back on to ePhotozine - daughter's flat (complete refurb) and replacement of internal doors at ours to blame. I'm a man and cannot do two things at once - what can I say?
Took these last night - not brilliant, but a note worthy occasion*
Just in case I do not re-appear until the New Year - may I wish everyone a very happy Christmas and a far better 2021 than this year has been. I recommend two fingers of Dalwhinnie as the antidote for the 'No good, low down, covid blues.' We are now in Tier 4 so cannot foresee any excursions in the near future - hoping for the NW Highlands in June.

*The first is taken with a 200mm lens +2x converter, the second, with a 500mm lens +2x converter. The images are a trade-off in getting sufficient light on the camera sensor against the planets 'moving' due to the rotation of the earth. Anyway, 4 of Jupiter's moons can be seen and the vague impression of an oval shape with Saturn. Not exactly NASA, but then I do not enjoy their budget.
A conjunction this close last took place on 16 July 1623 - the time of Elizabeth I and Shakespeare - it happens roughly every 400 years. Some think this event may have been the 'star of Bethlehem' others are not convinced. The next conjunction (although not as close) takes place in 2040 and a closer one in 2080 - so if we get another clear evening (4:30 - 6:00 pm) look to the SW about 15 degrees above the horizon (in S England) - about a fist-width (with thumb on top) held at arms length. Jupiter can be seen clearly with the naked eye - binoculars/telescope needed to see Saturn.

Tags: General Astrophotography Saturn Jupiter

Voters: leo_nid, bobpaige1, SauliusR and 8 more

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21 Dec 2020 11:15AM
Historic time! Last time this happened Galileo was alive..
And wishing you and your dear ones a safe and peaceful Christmas, Ron !
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2420 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2020 11:28AM
Welcome back.
We have a few jobs that need doing around the house if you're stuck for something to do now... Wink
NevJB 6 2 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2020 11:33AM

Quote:We have a few jobs that need doing around the house if you're stuck for something to do now... Wink

If you don't mind Moira, I'll decline that kind offer - I am well and truly DIY'd out - I want to go out and play now, only we can't - just hoping for something better around the corner.
21 Dec 2020 11:43AM
So sorry, Nev, about the silly name confusion! Blush
dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1859 England
21 Dec 2020 11:47AM
Interesting to see what I've read about in New Scientist in a picture.

Happy Christmas. And a better 2021.
NevJB 6 2 1 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2020 12:05PM

Quote:So sorry, Nev, about the silly name confusion! Blush

No problem Leo - Ron is OK with me - I've been called far worse by those who didn't share my love and enthusiasm for chemistry Sad
rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
21 Dec 2020 8:58PM
The Planets.....nearly collide Nev, tried to see this yesterday too cloudy here. May we wish you and your family a safe Christmas and a better New Year SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile Stay safe out there.

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