The ‘Great Conjunction’ of planets Saturn and Jupiter on December 21 had left people all around the world enthralled. The great and rare phenomenon happened 367 years after the two planets appeared to be this close during Galileo’s time in the 17th century.
While many netizens along with scientists at space agencies captured the conjunction, a new series of pictures and videos have appeared from Dubai where one can see Jupiter and Saturn pass over the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.
Captured by Florian Kriechbaumer, a photographer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the pictures and time lapse videos present the celestial event in a new light. He posted the snaps on his Twitter account.
In the photos shot by the photographer, the giant planets appear to be tiny stars adorning the night sky beside Burj Khalifa.
The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. Was able to capture the planets setting behind Burj Khalifa. #BurjKhalifa #saturn #jupiter #GreatConjunction #nasa #universe #space #nasa #yourshotphotographer #natgeo pic.twitter.com/epRNbgZZGg— Florian Kriechbaumer (@djflore) December 21, 2020
In a zoomed-in picture, the planets get a bit clearer.
Another two shots. #BurjKhalifa #saturn #jupiter #GreatConjunction #nasa #universe #space #nasa #yourshotphotographer #natgeo pic.twitter.com/yX3iyTGU3P— Florian Kriechbaumer (@djflore) December 21, 2020
Thereafter, he also posted a condensed 15-second clip that shows the time lapse of the entire event. We see how Saturn glides above Jupiter as the two worlds pass near the huge building.
And a wide angle video. #BurjKhalifa #saturn #jupiter #GreatConjunction #nasa #universe #space #nasa #yourshotphotographer #natgeo pic.twitter.com/KUZGpwO3wT— Florian Kriechbaumer (@djflore) December 21, 2020
Things get much clearer in the close up video which is slightly longer as we can see the movements of the planets.
And last, the close up video - my favourite. Hope you enjoyed the show. #saturn #jupiter #GreatConjunction #BurjKhalifa #space #nasa #natgeo #universe pic.twitter.com/coud1R9zHC— Florian Kriechbaumer (@djflore) December 21, 2020
According to a report by Live Science, Florian positioned himself at a large parking area across from the skyscraper and shot the galactic phenomenon for 45 minutes. “When I shot these there were a few clouds, so I was anxious if I could even capture it,” the photographer told the portal.
Thanking his luck, Florian explained that the sky had cleared up at the right moment. He described seeing Saturn’s rings and Jupiter with some of its moons so close to each other as an incredible moment. He added that everyone must experience looking at the planets and night sky once in their life.
The rare conjunction had found the planets being apart by just 0.1 degrees at their closest point. While Saturn and Jupiter were seen approaching each other for around two weeks before the conjunction, for the upcoming days, space enthusiasts will be able to see them drifting apart.
Several planetariums around the globe had opened viewing of the celestial event for the public as well. Of course these are different times and some planetariums also took the virtual route. Due to the pandemic, some like the Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium in Bengaluru had streamed the entire event live on its social media pages.