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The Great Christmas Conjunction of Jupiter & Saturn


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This is an image of the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn just 6 days before their closest encounter. The image was captured through cloud using my Nikon D90 DSLR attached to a 4" TSOAPO100Q with a x2 Powermate in train. I took an 8 second exposure to reveal Jupiter's 4 Galilean Moons and Saturn's rings, but with the consequence that Jupiter is over exposed. Callisto is to the left of Jupiter, with Io, Europa and Ganymede seen in order away from Jupiter's right side.

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By 21 Dec 2020 these 2 planets will appear just 6 arcmins (1/10th degree) apart, the closest they have been for 400 years and the closest they have been seen for 800 years, as 400 years ago the conjuction was during daylight hours.

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Posted by: @geoflewis

the closest they have been for 400 years and the closest they have been seen for 800 years, as 400 years ago the conjuction was during daylight hours.

So thats why I could not see it. ? 

As said on that other (what did the postman bring) site, Lovely Image Geof.

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Posted by: @mick
Posted by: @geoflewis

the closest they have been for 400 years and the closest they have been seen for 800 years, as 400 years ago the conjuction was during daylight hours.

So thats why I could not see it. ? 

As said on that other (what did the postman bring) site, Lovely Image Geof.

Thanks Mick

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Here's another picture of the closing pair from 19 Dec, this time captured through my C14.

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Unfortunately I was clouded out yeserday (20th)  and today, the day of their closest encounter looks a complete washout with it currently tipping down with rain....

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