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PHOTOS: The 'Great' Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn

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December 21, 2020 22:31 IST
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People across India and the rest of the world witnessed a rare celestial phenomenon, the great conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter.

The celestial event made Jupiter and Saturn appear as one bright star in the night sky.

The event was visible to the naked eye.

This is the first time in over 400 years that the two appeared so close to each other, though regular conjunctions take place every 20 years.

 

This is the closest these two planets have been recorded since 1623.

That Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn took place more than a decade after the telescope was invented.

Before 1623, the Great Conjunction took place in 1226.

Here are some of the glimpses. 

A crescent moon, left, is seen with Saturn, upper right, and Jupiter, lower right, ahead of their closest visible conjunction in Antalya, Turkey. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images

The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn appears in the sky over New Delhi. Photograph: Manvender Vashist/PTI Photo

Jupiter, with it's moons, and Saturn, top, are seen in close proximity to each other in High Wycombe, England. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Jupiter, below and Saturn, above are pictured on the sky during the closest visible conjunction of them in 400 years in Kathmandu, Nepal . Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters

A man observes the closest visible conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn through a telescope in Kathmandu, Nepal. Photograph: Navesh Chitrakar/Reuters
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