The moon’s orbiting probe got a surprisingly close-up view “Great combination“Jupiter and Saturn from Earth’s rocky satellite.
Monday (December 21), Jupiter And Saturn planet Appeared for more than 800 years in the night sky, known as a “great combination”. People from all over the world saw the planets and took pictures of them, which looked almost like a single, shiny “star” in the sky. However, we Earthlings were not the only ones to have received the celestial show.
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which launched in 2009 and has enough fuel to orbit the moon for the next six years, witnessed cosmic phenomena all the way from the moon.
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The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera (LROC) Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) captured an incredible image of both planets just hours after the pair’s closest point (0.1 °), which took place at TK. Now, while Jupiter and Saturn will look like a glowing orb to the naked eye, with a detailed view of the NAC, you can clearly resolve individual planets. In fact, the image provides so much detail that you can also see the rings of Saturn.
Here on Earth, skywatchers were able to see Jupiter’s moons with DSLR cameras and even basic telescopes, although Saturn’s rings usually only appeared with high-powered telescopes.
When the NAC captured this image of two planets, Jupiter was about four times faster than Saturn, so the brightness of the original image was adjusted to make both appear equally.
While Jupiter and Saturn have a close relationship once every 20 years, the planets have not stopped since 1623. In addition, a few days before Christmas the planetary alignment arrived, with many bright events referred to as “Christmas stars”. Even more for astronomical stimulation.
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