Publishedduration7 hours agoimage copyrightMike Blake / ReutersIt might be Christmas, but for keen stargazers this was the time when Jupiter and Saturn crossed paths in the night sky, reaching their closest point on 21 December. Photographers have been out recording the moment. image copyrightJose Luis Gonzalez / Reutersimage captionAcross the world people gathered around telescopes…
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It might be Christmas, but for keen stargazers this was the time when Jupiter and Saturn crossed paths in the night sky, reaching their closest point on 21 December. Photographers have been out recording the moment.
image copyrightJose Luis Gonzalez / Reuters image captionAcross the world people gathered around telescopes to view the rare celestial event.
image copyrightRodin Eckenroth / Getty Images image captionSome like astronomer Blake Estes in Santa Barbara, California, used high-end telescopes to photograph the moment the planets seemingly came together, though they remained about 450 million miles apart in space.
image copyrightPeter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images image captionOthers use their mobile phones to record the event.
image copyrightPeter Zay/Anadolu Agency via Getty Image image captionThis is the moment when Jupiter and Saturn started to form a double planet in night sky in an event known as the great conjunction.
image copyrightJon Nazca / Reuters image captionThe two planets have not been this close to each other in a dark sky for 800 years, and are seen here from southern Spain.
image copyrightYasser Al-Zayyat / AFP image captionTo the west of Kuwait City, astro-photographers recorded the moment.
image copyrightYoussef Badawi / EPA image captionIn Damascus, people gathered on roofs to try and view the event.
image copyrightBjoern Kils/New York Media Boat/Reuters image captionThe two planets can just be seen as the Statue of Liberty in New York City looks on.
image copyrightErik Pendzich/REX/Shutterstock image captionIn Brooklyn, a sculpture of star-shaped candles titled entitled Labyrinth of Light, by Debra Sheldon, celebrates the event.
image copyrightSonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images image captionOutside the Nehru Planetarium in India’s capital Delhi, a man uses a laser pointer to highlight the planets.
image copyrightJustin Sullivan/Getty Images image captionThe conjunction, which has become known popularly as the Christmas Star, is seen here above Mount Tamalpais in California.