Treat for stargazers

James Kon

Crowds gathered at the Taman Mahkota Jubli Emas on Tuesday night to view the Moon, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

The event dubbed ‘Above and Beyond’ was organised by the Survey Department under the Ministry of Development to raise awareness on astronomy and view Jupiter and Saturn after the great conjunction on December 21 when Saturn and Jupiter appeared closest to each other.

After December 21, the gap between Jupiter and Saturn widens each evening.

The 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was the closest since 1623 and the closest observable since 1226. This year’s extra-close Jupiter-Saturn conjunction will not be matched again until the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction of March 15, 2080.

Stargazers were in awe looking through the telescope to find Jupiter and Saturn side by side.

Stargazers look through a telescope to observe the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. PHOTO: JAMES KON