The co-founder and lead guitarist of Queen, Brian May has shared the picture of a clear sky, displaying a once-in-a-20-years event, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, while saying he’s jealous of the people who can observe the unique sight contrary to him.
The legendary musician, record producer, and astrophysicist, Brian May, has taken Instagram to comment about the recent celestial occurrence, the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, which are the two biggest planets in our solar system.
The rare event of 2020, which actually happens every 20 years, is known to be the closest meeting since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226. According to the experts, this year’s extra-close conjunction will not occur until March 15, 2080.
May posted the photo of the event taken by Damien Peach in the crystal clear dark skies of Chile while admitting that he’s jealous of Peach since the skies in England are hopelessly cloudy and it would be torture if May shares the picture of the sky he sees.
The guitarist also mentioned that there has been a talk of this rare occurrence being responsible for the biblical story of the star in the East that led the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem.
While saying he doesn’t buy it, May explained that people in those days had no light pollution to hide the night sky, and they were definitely much more attuned to celestial events than we are. He asserted that those people would not have been silly enough to regard the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn as anything worthy of more than passing interest.
Here’s what Brian May said in his recent Instagram post:
“Is it sunset time where you are right now?? Are the skies clear? Then have a look outside right now and find a place with a clear western horizon – and you might see something like this. Even better if you have some binoculars.
The skies for us in England are hopelessly cloudy – so I didn’t even want to torture you! But we can all enjoy this beautiful and rare view of the very close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.
Thanks to Damien Peach who took this in the crystal clear dark skies of Chile. Am I jealous? Yep! But this is a great view for us all! 💥💥💥💥 The two planets will be close for the next few nights, so if you get a chance… Look up as soon as it’s getting dark if the skies are clear.”
“The beautiful pair are slowly passing each other by, and gradually sinking into the sunsets as the days go on. 💥💥💥💥 Zoom in to this with your fingers to see the four giant ‘Galilean’ moons of Jupiter – all in a line like beads on a string – and lots of detail on Jupiter’s gaseous face; and the beautiful rings of Saturn – surely still the most breathtaking view in any telescope. 💥💥💥💥
There has been talk of this rare occurrence being responsible for the biblical story of the Star in the East that led the Three Wise Men to Bethlehem. I’m sorry – I don’t buy it.
People in those days (especially shepherds, who also were apparently given their ‘heads up’ by the celebrated star) had no light pollution to hide the night sky and were definitely much more attuned to celestial events than we are.
They would not have been silly enough to regard a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn as anything worthy of more than passing interest. But I’m sure they enjoyed it !! Bri.”
You can see the post below.