Blessing the Christmas Kiss of Jupiter and Saturn

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Captured during the nautical twilight few days before the great conjunction, near Alqueva lake, at Dark Sky® Alqueva reserve, the image shows a Crescent Moon featuring a beautiful Earthshine, while planets Jupiter and Saturn were getting closer and closer preparing to “merge” into a single bright star in the sky, at a distance of only 0,1º (6 arc minutes) apart on the night of 21 st December 2020. Below is my shadow enjoying and blessing the planets Christmas kiss. The last conjunction so well visible with naked eye was 800 year ago.

PT: Captada perto do Lago Alqueva, no Dark Sky® Alqueva, durante o Crepúsculo Náutico e alguns dias antes da grande conjunção, a imagem mostra uma lua crescente que exibe um intenso earthshine enqunato os planetas Júpiter e Saturno se aproximam cada vez mais, preparando-se para se “fundirem” em uma única estrela bilhante no céu, a apenas de 0,1 graus de distância (6 minutos de arco), na noite de 21 de Dezembro 2020. Em baixo, está a minha silhuta humana enquanto apreciava o momento e de braços abertos abençoava o beiijo planetário neste espírito natalício. A última conjunção tão bem visível a olho nu foi há 800 anos atrás.


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