Definition of a Triple Grand Conjunction: When Jupiter and Saturn are in perfect alignment with the clouds in your sky.Roger Powell, 20th December 2020
After fourteen successive overcast evenings, I was desperate to capture the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn through some predicted small gaps in the low level clouds. The separation between the two planets would be a mere 11 arc-minutes, which would easily fit into my telescope field of view.
I had the scope set up and ready to go. I wasn’t feeling very optimistic – just desperate.
The Five Stages of Desperation:
So I was thwarted yet again. Although there were gaps, they revealed only a thick high level haze beyond – and a very fuzzy crescent Moon. No planets. Not even a star.
That’s how fourteen consecutive cloudy nights became fifteen – and now as I write this a day later- sixteen.
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