SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Astronomy Society Inc. (SAPR), an organization endorsed by NASA Puerto Rico Space Grant Consortium, reports that on Monday, December 21, several of its members captured images of the majestic and unforgettable conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn, through telescopes and photographic equipment.
“Yesterday between 6:30 and 7 at night, the sky gave us an impressive visual spectacle, an event that had not happened for centuries and it was definitely necessary to take advantage of the moment to witness it,” said Josué Rodríguez Colón, vice president of the SAPR who photographed the conjunction through its telescope from a high point in Bayamón.
A conjunction occurs when two or more objects in the celestial vault get close enough to each other creating the illusion that they are together even though they are separated by great distances.
Jean-Pierre Bernal, treasurer of the SAPR commented that “the conjunction was a family event that I was able to appreciate with my loved ones from the tranquility and comfort of my home in times of pandemic.”
For her part, Evelyn Díaz Pérez, member of the board of the organization added that “last night also gave us a Moon in its crescent phase that looked spectacular in combination with the planet Mars, which could also be seen with the naked eye.”
The SAPR invites those fans of astronomy to show their astronomical photographs taken by means of cameras and telescopes through its Facebook page. To all those who send their photos to the email address of [email protected], the corresponding credit will be given and it will be taken into account for the “Astro Virtual Gallery” in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the organization.
For more information about the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn and the upcoming events in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the organization, you can visit its Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/saprinc