Jupiter and Saturn prepare their epic show – 16 Dec. 2020
While waiting for their epic conjunction, Jupiter and Saturn are slowly approaching each other up there. Here we present a few images we did.
Over the past few days, I managed to get a few images of the couple, now that their angular distance is getting shorter and shorter.
Yesterday, I managed to capture them with our main telescope. The image above is a two-panels mosaic, with each image coming from a 0.3-seconds, blue filtered exposure, remotely taken with the “Elena” (PlaneWave 17″+Paramount ME+SBIG STL-6303E) robotic unit available at Virtual Telescope. The imaging scale is 0.63″/pixel. I had to make a mosaic as the two planets are still “too large” for my field of view to be captured in a single shot. They are so bright that I had to use a filter to strongly reduce their glare.
But I also used a Canon 5DmIV body and a 100-400mm lens + 1.4x extender, to get the image below.
Of course, the show is ongoing and we really hope the weather will cooperate on the 20-22 Dec. window: on 21 Dec. we will show this event live, online.
Below you can see a simulation, showing how the two giant, gas planets will show around the formal conjunction (21 Dec.)
Don’t miss this amazing event, just look up!
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