The Internet and space enthusiasts went into overdrive during the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn on December 21. And why not? The two largest planets in our solar system came together in a long time, at least from the perspective of Earthlings.
In a rare celestial phenomenon, the gaseous giants closer to one another in the night sky in 367 (1623) years on Monday since the Galileo’s time in the 17th century.
The event piqued the interest of enthusiasts across the world who brought out their cameras and telescopes to witness the conjunction in the sky like never before. The event also marked the Winter Solstice, the shortest daylight time of the year.
“Skywatchers, you’re in for a once-in-a-lifetime treat! Jupiter & Saturn are doing a planetary dance that will result in the Great Conjunction on Dec 21, just after sunset," the official Twitter account of NASA tweeted.
Gorgeous photos took over microblogging site Twitter showcasing the huge ball of gases crossing each other in their path. But there was another section of social media, the funny folks, who captured the moment with lots of imagination (and editing).
Another Twitter user shared the OG photo of the great conjunction clicked by Facebook user Sajal Chakravorty, a photo that went massively viral across the platform, following which the magic happened online.