See the ISS flying between Jupiter and Saturn

Of course, such a rare sight as the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn is captured by countless

photographers. However, a few days ago, photographer Jason De Freitas snapped a particularly good shot of the ISS moving between the two planets.

Recall that the great connection is the convergenceJupiter and Saturn in the night sky. Great conjunctions occur on average every 19.86 years, when Jupiter, whose period of revolution around the Sun is 11.86 years, "catches up" in the sky the planet Saturn, whose period of revolution is equal to 29.46 years. The last Great Conjunction occurred on December 21, 2020, when the two planets were separated in the sky by 6 arc minutes (~ 1⁄5 the angular diameter of the lunar disk). Prior to this, such a close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn occurred on July 16, 1623, but on that day these planets were near the Sun and were unobservable. As a rule, the planets during conjunction only pass each other at a certain angular distance, since the planes of their orbits do not coincide. Only in very rare cases do the planets appear on the same line of sight for the terrestrial observer; the last time such an event (covering Saturn by Jupiter) during the great conjunction occurred in 6856 BC.

While Jupiter and Saturn arerelatively close to each other in the sky about every 20 years, the last time they were as close as during the great conjunction (and observed), March 4, 1226 or 794 years ago.

While planning to photograph the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, De Freitas realized that he could also include the ISS in the frame.

“I was incredibly lucky when I realized I could capture the path of the International Space Station through the Jupiter-Saturn junction,” says de Freitas.

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