Christmas Cover-Up

When the sun went down on Christmas, a pair of bright lights rose in the east; Jupiter and the Moon were having a holiday conjunction.

Taken by Marcelo Domingues on December 25, 2012 @ Brasilia, DF, Brazil

December 27, 2012
Article from Space Weather

In Brazil, the pair were so close, the Moon completely covered Jupiter. Marcelo Domingues of Brasilia snapped this picture seconds before the occultation:

“It was a beautiful event,” he says.

“What a perfect Christmas gift this was!” adds Gustavo Rojas of São Carlos. “I managed to capture the giant planet just as he started to disappear behind the lunar disk.”

In case you missed it, there will be more lunar occultations of Jupiter in 2013. A complete list is available from the International Occultation Timing Association.

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