Wishing you a wondeful Christmas….
The great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn took place on 21st December at 13:22 GMT. In the photos below: Jupiter (brighter) and Saturn at around 19:00 GMT (and the beautiful Moon) in Cape Town, South Africa.
Every 20 years Jupiter and Saturn pass close to each other and this is called “the great conjuction”. This year however the distance between them is the smallest since 1623. Those two planets – observed with naked eye – looked like a one bright star (“Christmas star”). For the observers on Earth they were only 0.1 degrees apart (however Saturn was twice as far from our planet as Jupiter). The next such exceptional great conjunction will be in 2080 and then in 2417 and 2477…
The solar eclipse on December 14 started in west part of Southern America and ended in west part of Southern Africa. The total solar eclipse was visible in the parts of Chile and Argentina; the partial solar eclipse in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and South Africa.
December 14, 2020
During November beavers prepare for winter and build the dams – hence one of the names of the Full Moon this month: Full Beaver Moon. Other names: Full Frost Moon, Full Mourning Moon.
Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse | July Buck Moon | August Sturgeon Moon | September Corn Moon | October Harvest Moon | Once in a Blue Moon
The second Full Moon of the month – Blue Moon (not necessarily blue in color) – shined in the sky on October 31. The simplified definiton of “Blue Moon” says that it is the second Full Moon in one month and the expression “once in a blue moon” means that something happens very rare, almost never.
The first Full Moon in October was on the first day of the month: October Harvest Moon.
That rare Full Moon earned the color blue in its name probably after the 1883 Krakatoa volcano eruption in Indonesia, when the dust haze caused the visual effect of green sunrises and sunsets and a blue Moon.
The coincidence of Full Moon and Halloween is quite rare – it occurs 3-4 times per century (the next ones will be in 2039, 2058, 2077 and in 2096).
During Full Blue Moon and later in November Mars still shines bright in the sky.
Ella Fitzgerald – “Blue Moon”
Full Moons in 2020: January Full Moon | February Full Moon in the clouds | June Strawberry Moon and penumbral eclipse | July Buck Moon | August Sturgeon Moon | September Corn Moon | October Harvest Moon
Mars: Mars is bright tonight