The second and third weeks of December 2020 saw an incident not seen in a long time – the Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The two planets, when seen from Earth, were separated by less than a tenth of a degree. The last time these two planets were so close, it was in 1623. But that wasn’t visible from the Earth, since it happened during the day. The last time such a close conjunction occurred at night was in 1226 – almost 800 years ago!
To mark this occasion, Stargate in association with Shiv Nadar University’s Astronomy association Celestia Explora, organized Stargazing Nights for the students at the university on the 20th and 21st of December 2020. Stargate set up its telescopes and astrophotography equipment to capture the Conjunction, while our StarGuides kept the crowds enthralled.
Apart from the Conjunction, the guests were treated to a close view of the Sun, the Moon and other celestial objects.
CELESTIAL OBJECTS AND PHENOMENA CAPTURED
The Great Conjunction
Both Planets in a Single Frame
The Craters on the Moon