The picture of once in several lifetime phenomena, planets Jupiter and Saturn visible on the night skies by naked eyes captured by TV camera during Pakistan and New Zealand cricket match in Hamilton has gone viral on social media.
In the picture, captured at 9:29 p.m. by TV camera from Hamilton's Seddon Park stadium, planets Jupiter (left) and Saturn (right) are clearly visible and shared by masses on social media.
A view from Auckland
At the time, New Zealand had scored 81 runs losing one wicket in 9.3 overs. Kane Williamson and Tim Seifert were on the crease with 11 and 55 runs respectively, and bowler Shadab Khan on the other end.
Through naked eyes, mobile and digital camera lens, a binocular or a small telescope, people were able to see both planets almost joined.
The planets had better visibility from Hamilton than in Auckland. It is said that the last time this phenomenon occurred was the year 1226.
The rare celestial treat awaits stargazers the world over as two of our solar system's largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, will look like double planet just after sunset on the evening of December 21, the beginning of the winter solstice.
This is the first time the two gas giants will appear this closer to each other in nearly 800 years.
"You'd have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky."
Jupiter, Saturn to look like double planet for 1st time in 800 years
Although Jupiter and Saturn have been approaching one another in Earth's sky since the summer, the two will be separated by less than the diameter of a full moon from December 16-25.
"On the evening of closest approach on December 21, they will look like a double planet, separated by only 1/5th the diameter of the full moon," said Hartigan.
"For most telescope viewers, each planet and several of their largest moons will be visible in the same field of view that evening."
Though the best viewing conditions will be near the equator, the event will be observable anywhere on Earth, depending on the weather.
Those who prefer to wait and see Jupiter and Saturn this close together and higher in the night sky will need to stick around until March 15, 2080, Hartigan said.
After that, the two planets would not make such an appearance until sometime after the year 2400.
Pakistan lost the second T20I to Blackcaps by nine wickets.
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