Astronomy enthusiasts flooded social media with images of the Great Conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn, but one photo from Australia has received a lot of praise on social media.
An Indian photographer in Melbourne clicked a remarkable photo of the rare celestial phenomenon in which the two planets appear this close to each other the first time in nearly 400 years.
Facebook user Sajal Chakraborty captured not just Saturn and Jupiter but also the four largest moons of Jupiter in the photograph. Captured using just a DSLR camera and a telephoto lens, Chakraborty’s image received a lot of praise online.
The image got over 1.2 million likes after Twitter user Rebecca Hill shared it on the platform.
What a shot taken from Melbourne Australia 🔭🪐 pic.twitter.com/HFPryhHS7X
— rebecca hill (@beccidee17) December 21, 2020
Chakraborty told indianexpress.com how he stacked 25 images to achieve the clarity seen in the final image.
“It’s a composite to create the details. I used an intervalometer for shutter and stacked multiple exposures to get the details,” he said over chat.
“21st was a rainy day here. So I had only one small window of opportunity where I could capture them at their closest,” he said, adding that the photo was taken around 9:30 p.m.
Chakraborty said that he had only shared the images on some photography groups and the online fame was unintended.
“I wanted to capture the celestial event the best I could with the equipment. I have a simple tripod, a 10-year-old Canon 60D and a 10-year-old Canon 75-300mm lens. So, I have to do everything from scratch,” he said.
The image received praise from many, but there were also plenty of funny reactions and memes in response:
That is amazing!! https://t.co/HbxHuAb6sI
— Margaret Orr (@MargaretOrr) December 22, 2020
WOW. This is intense. We are just ants. https://t.co/F2tiYC5Mob
— Kenny Wallace (@Kenny_Wallace) December 22, 2020
Every human should see this like…wow https://t.co/hySnZCndSp
— FaZe Pamaj (@Pamaj) December 22, 2020
Wow. What a shot. https://t.co/yWmoSUvY0Q
— Mikey McKenna (@m8kna) December 22, 2020
i can’t stop looking https://t.co/8tnDHXnNXi
— Nahhhdia (@nahdior) December 22, 2020
What? What kinda equipment are seeing this through. Its incredible
— Michael Parr (@MikeParrActor) December 21, 2020
The four Galilean moons in a row: Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto
— Paul Wallace (@paulmwall) December 22, 2020
those are emojis, dont tell me otherwise
— ツ (@candelaortg) December 21, 2020
— Harry Lowe (@harry_lowe2012) December 21, 2020
Took this with my iPhone pic.twitter.com/OkhDo3xQY4
— Tassy Konto (@tassykonto) December 22, 2020
this is my picture from pittsburgh, pennsylvania! pic.twitter.com/DwEy5xodqT
— britt bell (@Brittany_Bell_) December 22, 2020
I have clearer photos here! You can see their faces 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/xYkopMwEyE
— patwick (@ph07patwick) December 23, 2020