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I’m at the Winter Solstice (what?)
I’m at the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction (what?)
I’m at the combination Winter Solstice and Jupiter-Saturn conjunction
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magicklore · 11 months ago
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Pagans, ppl into astrology, and christians vibing on yule bc of the saturn-jupiter conjunction
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nasa · 11 months ago
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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn
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Credits:  NASA/Bill Ingalls
Have you noticed two bright objects in the sky getting closer together with each passing night? It’s Jupiter and Saturn doing a planetary dance that will result in the Great Conjunction on Dec. 21. On that day, Jupiter and Saturn will be right next to each other in the sky – the closest they have appeared in nearly 400 years!
Skywatching Tips from NASA
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Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech
For those who would like to see this phenomenon for themselves, here’s what to do:
Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. Jupiter and Saturn are bright, so they can be seen even from most cities.
An hour after sunset, look to the southwestern sky. Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible. Saturn will be slightly fainter and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter until December 21, when Jupiter will overtake it and they will reverse positions in the sky.
The planets can be seen with the unaided eye, but if you have binoculars or a small telescope, you may be able to see Jupiter’s four large moons orbiting the giant planet.
How to Photograph the Conjunction
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Credits: NASA/Bill Dunford
Saturn and Jupiter are easy to see without special equipment, and can be photographed easily on DSLR cameras and many cell phone cameras. Here are a few tips and tricks:
These planets are visible in the early evening, and you'll have about 1-2 hours from when they are visible, to when they set. A photo from the same location can look completely different just an hour later!
Using a tripod will help you hold your camera steady while taking longer exposures. If you don’t have a tripod, brace your camera against something – a tree, a fence, or a car can all serve as a tripod for a several-second exposure.
The crescent Moon will pass near Jupiter and Saturn a few days before the conjunction. Take advantage of it in your composition!
Get more tips HERE.
Still have questions about the Great Conjunction?
Our NASA expert answered questions from social media on an episode of NASA Science Live on Thursday, Dec. 17. Watch the recording HERE.
Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com.
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startswithabang · 11 months ago
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7 ‘Christmas Star’ Skywatching Tips As Jupiter And Saturn Dazzle The World
“5.) Marvel at Saturn’s rings! Saturn is 15% smaller than Jupiter and twice as distant, but its enormous rings cause Saturn to apparently exceed Jupiter’s diameter.”
Forget about a once-in-a-lifetime event. Tonight, December 21st, 2020, Jupiter and Saturn will reach their closest approach in Earth’s skies in 397 years, and the closest approach visible from Earth (that isn’t lost in the Sun’s glare) since the year 1226! Just head outside after sunset, about 30-45 minutes after, and the first “star” you see emerge in the southwest skies will be Jupiter, just 0.1 degrees away from Saturn.
Here are some tips and fun facts you might not get anywhere else, and most of all, wishing you clear skies tonight!
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mystarypi-astronomy · 11 months ago
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Here is more close-up photo of the Jupiter-Saturn Conjunction! 🪐🪐🪐
I was able to take a picture when the 2 planets were at their closest! The small dots around the 2 planets are actually moons of the planets - I can’t believe I was able to photograph them! 🌙🌙🌙
The last viewable conjunction where the planets were this close was in the year 1226! It’s amazing we were able to see this within our lifetime! 🍀🍀🍀
Taken by me (Michelle Park) using the Slooh Canary Two telescope on December 21st, 2020 at 19:22 UTC.
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without-ado · 11 months ago
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The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn 2020
cr. @uygarmitat vid / @dArc41163779 / NASA
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grimoirebabylon · 11 months ago
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Charge your amulets/stones/crystals under the light of the Great Conjunction! In Ancient Babylon, stones were not given powers by carving designs into it like some cultures believed. They also did not believe that the stones were given powers by demons, spirits, or some other supernatural entity inhabiting them.  Ancient Babylonians believed that the power of stones came from the heavens. After creating an amulet, they would leave it out to be exposed to the stars.  Don’t waste the light of this special event. 
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sumbluespruce · 11 months ago
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With the naked eye it looked like one bright star, 400mm, still 450 million miles apart.
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beauty-funny-trippy · 11 months ago
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The Great JUPITER–SATURN Conjunction of 2020 (a.k.a. the "Christmas Star" or "Double Planet") ⠀⠀⠀⠀It’s been nearly 800 years since anyone's been able to see the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter (400 years ago it occurred during the day, so it was not visible). ⠀⠀⠀⠀The closest alignment will appear on December 21, and they will remain very close for the next few nights. The planets will be easy to see with the unaided eye by looking toward the southwest just after sunset. ~Henry Throop, NASA Astronomer ➢Note: The planets set below the horizon not long after sunset, so don't wait too late to see them. If buildings, trees or clouds block your view, you can still watch the event live online. The Lowell Observatory will be live streaming on YouTube. 🔭 🌠
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entertainmentnerdly · 12 months ago
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Jupiter and Saturn Will Align to Create the First "Christmas Star" in Nearly 800 Years via /r/space https://ift.tt/37xCbse
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roninreverie · 12 months ago
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This strikes me as something Douxie and Archie would be excited to see, since they might remember the last one.
But fandoms aside, that's pretty neat! Yay space! 🌌⭐
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everydaygothic · 11 months ago
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stargazing gothic
You are watching the stars in an empty field, the nearest house a shadowy silhouette on the horizon. As the stars move across the sky, a man strolls out of the field beside you. “Neptune is up there tonight,” he says. You acknowledge the truth of this fact while you try to recover from the shock of his sudden appearance. He doesn’t appear to have anything else to say and, after a moment, walks off into the dark grass.
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