The Christmas Kiss of Jupiter and Saturn


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Captured during the twilight of 21st December 2020, in a green field lit by the moonlight near Alqueva lake, at Dark Sky® Alqueva reserve,  the image shows the greatest conjunction in 800 years, with planets Jupiter and Saturn shinning so close that they appear to merge into a single bright star in the sky, being at a distance of only 0,1º (6 arc minutes) apart, they were really celebrating the winter solstice with a Christmas kiss. The last conjunction so well visible with naked eye was in the year 1226. Some have suggested that these two planets in conjunction could be the legendary Star of Bethlehem followed by three Magi, or wise men, guiding them about 2,000 years ago to find the newborn baby Jesus in the little town of Bethlehem.

PT: Captada ao Crepúsculo de 21 de Dezembro de 2020, num campo verde e iluminado pelo luar junto ao Grande Lago Alqueva, no Dark Sky® Alqueva, a imagem mostra a maior conjunção dos últimos 800 anos, com os planetas Júpiter e Saturno tão próximos um de outro que se parecem fundir em uma única estrela bilhante no céu. Encontrando-se apenas a uma distância de 0,1º (6 minutos de arco), parecem celebrar o Solstício de Inverno com um beiijo natalício. A última conjunção tão bem visível a olho nu foi no ano de 1226. Alguns têm sugerido que estes dois planetas em conjunção poderiam ser a lendária Estrela de Belém seguida pelos três Reis Magos, ou homens sábios, há cerca de 2.000 anos atrás para encontrar o recém-nascido Jesus na pequena cidade de Belém.

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