As Jupiter and Saturn were closer to each other on December 21, netizens across social media shared fascinating images and videos of a rare sight. One such thread surfaced on Twitter, uploaded by user “@djflore”, as it shows, both planets above the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. NASA had informed that the two planets were closer than they had ever been since the Middle Ages, which is over 400 years old.
Planets and Burj Khalifa
The thread has four parts. The first part shows an enlarged image of the building with the planets next to it. The caption says, “The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. He was able to capture the planets setting behind Burj Khalifa.” The next part is two more full-length shots of the building with the planets. The third part, however. , it’s a stunning wide angle video, showing the building sparkling with lights and planets together. And the last part is a close-up video. It shows the planets shining and alighting. Let’s take a look.
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Stunned by the images, netizens took up the comments section. “This. It is. Incredible,” wrote one Twitter user. Another person wrote: “Wow! This is great !!!”. Tweeples can also be seen retweeting images and videos with their own captions. “This is absolutely stunning! I hope you get major recognition for this work,” wrote one person in the caption. Another person wrote: “Fun fact: the alignment of 3 or more planetary bodies is known as syzygy – which would be a killer Scrabble scorer if the miserly bastards gave more than 2 of the letter Y in the game.”
Gulf Photo Plus – Dubai’s center for photography also retweeted the images and videos, calling Florian’s effort “jaw-dropping”.
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Such a phenomenon occurs only when one of the Earth’s poles has its greatest inclination away from the Sun. This conjunction has also been called “The Christmas Star”. It occurred after sunset in the southwestern sky and was seen with naked eyes. The last such conjunction was seen in 1623, however, it was not visible from most of the Earth. Now, the next ‘Great Conjunction’ will only happen 400 years later, on November 4, 2040.
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(Image credits: Twitter / @ djflore)
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