Approaching Conjunction -2

Jupiter & Saturn

Wide Field View

Last night’s view of the impending conjunction, far left, with the gap narrowing to 1° 41′. Jupiter is the brighter and lower of the two planets.

The refracted arced flaring near the two planets originates from the over-bright street light just outside the left margin and the white light near the bottom is a motor bike moving off. Welcome to my observatory!

I thought the image looked better with the target positioned on the left hand side of the field of view, forgetting that the planets might be distorted a bit by using a wide angle lens. Close inspection gives a false impression of trailing. However, the image provides some context to the conjunction event.

The conjunction is an event of perspective which occurs every 19.6 years due to Jupiter overtaking Saturn as they both orbit the Sun – and it will have no influence whatsoever on any events here on Earth. Any good or bad fortune which occurs can neither be attributed to the orbiting planets or your birth date. Nevertheless, I am sure the astrologers will be working overtime with their silly predictions. 😩

Image date:2020-12-06
Exposure:Canon 60D; 19mm; 2.5 sec; f/4; ISO 800
Field of View:Roughly 90° x 65°

Images © Roger Powell

I’m a founder member of Macarthur Astronomical Society


  1. Hi Roger,
    It must be annoying to have light pollution, but it is also delightful to view a bit of your street.
    There is an immediacy about the photo, as if we are standing with you looking up at the planets.

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  2. It’s been cloudy every night since taking the above image. I decided to risk it tonight – despite 80% cloud – and went through the telescope setting up rigmarole thingy routine*.

    (*Those are technical terms used by astronomers).

    The two planets came into view in a break between the clouds at an altitude of nearly 30°. Great! I started to prepare the camera and………….

    ……… it started to rain!

    On my telescope! ☔

    I didn’t get a single image… 😨


  3. Earth is less than tiny in the Universe, but it’s still quite big to its inhabitants. Every day there are calamities, disasters, and tragedies throughout the world. On that one particular day, I 100% guarantee where the blame will go when conjunction finally arrives.

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    1. I predict you will be proved correct.

      What really annoys me is that astrologers rely heavily on astronomers to provide accurate scientific predictions of celestial events** on which to base their mix of pseudoscience, guesswork and other nonsense. It gives astronomy a bad name.

      **Why can’t astrologers predict the events themselves?

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      1. Excellent point you bring up. The motion of the sky and objects within them have been known since ancient times, if not as precise as today, yet still generally predictable. So any prediction via the stars is just an almanac that is already known for the indefinite future, stray comets notwithstanding.

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