Last March, celestial observers watched the moon as it approached Saturn. A photographer from South Africa has taken stunning photos of the event with his smartphone. ( Noah Haggerty | Pixabay )
Last March, Saturn and the moon stood perfectly in the sky. Not everyone had the opportunity to take a look, but luckily a photographer from South Africa made an impressive photograph of the conjunction.
Many people missed the conjunction of Moon and Saturn last March, but a photographer from Johannesburg, South Africa did not. Two hours before the conjunction, Grant Petersen woke up at four in the morning and set up his instruments, including a Dobsonian telescope, his Samsung Galaxy S8, an adapter, and an eyepiece.
When the event took place, Petersen took it at 60 frames per second, and using a technique called stacking, the lower quality images were merged into a high quality image. The result is breathtaking photos of the conjunction, with Saturn seemed to "touch" the surface of the moon.
According to Petersen, he experienced a lot of excitement and anticipation in the run-up to the event, especially since Johannesburg had some rain before the night before the event. Fortunately, the sky cleared just in time for the conjunction, and in the end he felt like a kid at Christmas.
An event with a big sky
SkyWatcher and astrophotographer Petersen uses various ways to find out the next great celestial event that can be recorded from his location, astronomy Apps to diaries. Sometimes the events are comets or asteroids, and sometimes he photographs the International Space Station.
In the case of the Saturn-Moon conjunction, he was notified last January and had it planned correctly he can capture it. Of course, he had managed to capture images of the event when Saturn still seemed far from the moon until he disappeared behind the moon just before dawn.
"That was spectacular," Petersen tweeted along with one of the photos he shared.
The next big event in his calendar is the passage of Mercury through the sun of November 11th.
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