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Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

Jupiter-Saturn conjunction

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REV. RONALD ROYER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY REV. RONALD ROYER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in the constellation of Taurus, optical image. North is at top left. The gas giant planets Jupiter (bright object just left of upper centre) and Saturn (right of top centre) are nearby celestial objects, only tens of light minutes away within our solar system. Jupiter is brighter as it is larger and nearer to Earth than Saturn. The open star clusters of the Hyades (lower centre) and the Pleiades (M45, upper left), containing hundreds of young stars, lie about 130 and 38 light years away respectively. Aldebaran (Alpha Tauri), a large orange star seen in front of the Hyades cluster, is around 68 light years distant.

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