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写真 | 2020年 12月 22日 23:11 JST

Earthlings treated to rare alignment of Jupiter and Saturn

Jupiter and Saturn appear close together during a planetary conjunction alongside the Statue of Liberty in New York City, December 21, 2020. The evening sky over the Northern Hemisphere treated stargazers to a once-in-a-lifetime illusion as the solar system's two biggest planets appeared to meet in a celestial alignment that astronomers call the "Great Conjunction."

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Jupiter and Saturn appear close together during a planetary conjunction alongside the Statue of Liberty in Newmore

Jupiter and Saturn appear close together during a planetary conjunction alongside the Statue of Liberty in New York City, December 21, 2020. The evening sky over the Northern Hemisphere treated stargazers to a once-in-a-lifetime illusion as the solar system's two biggest planets appeared to meet in a celestial alignment that astronomers call the "Great Conjunction." REUTERS/Bjoern Kils/New York Media Boat
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Jupiter and Saturn are seen in the sky in this screen grab taken from a video in Tejeda, on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. The rare spectacle resulted from a near convergence of the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn that happened to coincide with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. For those able to observe the alignment in clear skies, the two frozen-gas spheres appeared closer and more vibrant - almost as a single point of light - than at any time in 800 years.

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Jupiter and Saturn are seen in the sky in this screen grab taken from a video in Tejeda, on the island of Granmore

Jupiter and Saturn are seen in the sky in this screen grab taken from a video in Tejeda, on the island of Gran Canaria, Spain. The rare spectacle resulted from a near convergence of the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn that happened to coincide with the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. For those able to observe the alignment in clear skies, the two frozen-gas spheres appeared closer and more vibrant - almost as a single point of light - than at any time in 800 years. REUTERS/Borja Suarez
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Thao Galvan holds her son Nathan while they view Jupiter and Saturn in Houston, Texas. At the point of convergence, Jupiter and Saturn appeared to be just one-tenth of a degree apart, roughly equivalent to the thickness of a dime held at arm's length. In reality, of course, the planets remained hundreds of millions of miles apart, according to NASA.

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Thao Galvan holds her son Nathan while they view Jupiter and Saturn in Houston, Texas. At the point of convergmore

Thao Galvan holds her son Nathan while they view Jupiter and Saturn in Houston, Texas. At the point of convergence, Jupiter and Saturn appeared to be just one-tenth of a degree apart, roughly equivalent to the thickness of a dime held at arm's length. In reality, of course, the planets remained hundreds of millions of miles apart, according to NASA. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
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The family Mota Velazco uses a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A conjunction of the two planets takes place about once every 20 years. But the last time Jupiter and Saturn came as close together in the sky as on Monday was in 1623, an alignment that occurred during daylight and was thus not visible from most places on Earth. The last visible great conjunction occurred long before telescopes were invented, in 1226, halfway through construction of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris.

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The family Mota Velazco uses a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A conjunction ofmore

The family Mota Velazco uses a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. A conjunction of the two planets takes place about once every 20 years. But the last time Jupiter and Saturn came as close together in the sky as on Monday was in 1623, an alignment that occurred during daylight and was thus not visible from most places on Earth. The last visible great conjunction occurred long before telescopes were invented, in 1226, halfway through construction of the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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Groups of people gather near a Christmas tree on the beach as they watch the celestial phenomenon at Cardiff State Beach in California.  REUTERS/Mike Blake

Groups of people gather near a Christmas tree on the beach as they watch the celestial phenomenon at Cardiff Smore

Groups of people gather near a Christmas tree on the beach as they watch the celestial phenomenon at Cardiff State Beach in California.  REUTERS/Mike Blake
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John Galvan sets up a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn in Houston, Texas. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

John Galvan sets up a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn in Houston, Texas. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare

John Galvan sets up a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn in Houston, Texas. REUTERS/Callaghan O'Hare
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Jupiter (below) and Saturn (above) are pictured in the sky in La Linea de la Concepcion, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca

Jupiter (below) and Saturn (above) are pictured in the sky in La Linea de la Concepcion, southern Spain. REUTEmore

Jupiter (below) and Saturn (above) are pictured in the sky in La Linea de la Concepcion, southern Spain. REUTERS/Jon Nazca
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The family Mota Velazco uses a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn during a planetary conjunction in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

The family Mota Velazco uses a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn during a planetary conjunction in Ciudad Jmore

The family Mota Velazco uses a telescope to view Jupiter and Saturn during a planetary conjunction in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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Jupiter (below) and Saturn (above) are pictured on the sky during the closest visible conjunction of them in 400 years, in Kathmandu, Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

Jupiter (below) and Saturn (above) are pictured on the sky during the closest visible conjunction of them in 4more

Jupiter (below) and Saturn (above) are pictured on the sky during the closest visible conjunction of them in 400 years, in Kathmandu, Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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A man observes the closest visible conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 400 years, through a telescope in Kathmandu, Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar

A man observes the closest visible conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 400 years, through a telescope in Kathmore

A man observes the closest visible conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in 400 years, through a telescope in Kathmandu, Nepal. REUTERS/Navesh Chitrakar
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Jupiter (L) and Saturn (R) are seen during the "Great Conjunction" near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS

Jupiter (L) and Saturn (R) are seen during the "Great Conjunction" near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. NASAmore

Jupiter (L) and Saturn (R) are seen during the "Great Conjunction" near Chapel Hill, North Carolina. NASA/Bill Ingalls/Handout via REUTERS
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Claudia uses a telescope to see Jupiter and Saturn during a planetary conjunction in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

Claudia uses a telescope to see Jupiter and Saturn during a planetary conjunction in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REmore

Claudia uses a telescope to see Jupiter and Saturn during a planetary conjunction in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez
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