7 awe-inspiring photos show Jupiter and Saturn as 'double planet' in Great Conjunction
Stargazers got a holiday treat this year as Jupiter and Saturn appear closer together than they have been since the Middle Ages, an astral phenomenon known as the "Great Conjunction".
As some have called the "poinsettia", a conjunction occurs when two objects in space appear closer together when viewed from Earth. The last time Jupiter and Saturn got this close was in 1623, but it wasn't visible down here.
"You would have to go back to just before sunrise on March 4, 1226 to see closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky," Patrick Hartigan, astronomer at Rice University, told USA TODAY earlier this month.
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While the conjunction peaked on December 21st, the two planets still appear closer than the diameter of a full moon by December 25th.
Here are seven photos of the impressive phenomenon:
The planets Jupiter and Saturn are seen from the Griffith Observatory during the grand conjunction on the same day as the winter solstice on December 21, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
Humans take off against the sky at dusk as they observe the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter on Monday, December 21, 2020 in Edgerton, Kan.
Jupiter and Saturn appear about a tenth of a degree apart.
The great conjunction can be seen above the mountain. Tamalpais on December 21, 2020 in Delphinium, California.
Spain's La Giralda Tower, a statue on a half-size replica of Seville, is in the foreground as Saturn and Jupiter can be seen in Kansas City, Missouri after sunset on Friday, December 18, 2020.
The planets can be seen together off Fort Myers Beach.
Jupiter and Saturn left from the STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod on December 21, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This article originally appeared in the US TODAY: Poinsettia: Jupiter, Saturn Great Conjunction in stunning photos
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