In March, the observers of the cloud observed the moon as it traveled closer to Saturn. A photographer in South Africa captured amazing photos of the event with his smartphone. (19459013) Noah Haggerty | Pixabay )
In March last year, Saturn and the moon set themselves up in the sky. Not everyone had the opportunity to look at it, but luckily a photographer from South Africa spoke a fantastic picture of the connection.
Many people missed the lunar and Saturn cohesion last March, but a photographer from Johannesburg, South Africa did not. Grant Petersen woke up at four in two hours before pairing and set up his instruments that included a Dobsonian telescope, his Samsung Galaxy S8, an adapter, and an eyepiece.
When the event took place, Petersen registered it at 60 frames per second, and using a technique called stacking, the lower quality images merged to create a high quality one. What came out was amazing pictures of the conjunction, with Saturn apparently "touching" the moon's surface.
According to Petersen, he experienced a lot of excitement and expectation that led to the event, especially since Johannesburg experienced some rain until night before the event. Fortunately, the sky was ready for the time, and eventually he felt like a child at Christmas.
Big Sky Events
An avid cloud watcher and astrophotography, Petersen uses various ways to find out the next big sky event to capture from his location, from astronomy apps for diaries. Sometimes the events are comets or asteroids, and at other times it is the international space station he is going to photograph.
In the case of the Saturn Moon conjunction, he became aware of it in January and had planned it correctly he could catch it. Surely he had managed to capture images of the event as Saturn had still come a long way from the moon until it slipped behind the moon just before dawn.
"It was absolutely fantastic" Petersen tweeted along with one of the pictures he shared.
The next big event in his calendar is the November 11 transit of mercury across the sun.
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