A stunning video of Saturn rising from behind the Moon has gone viral on social media, captivating thousands of viewers. The video was posted on Twitter by @redditspaceview, a popular account that shares space-related content from Reddit. The tweet currently has over 200K likes and 50K retweets.
The video shows the ringed planet gradually emerging from the dark side of the Moon, as if peeking out from behind a curtain. The contrast between the bright lunar surface, and the dim Saturn creates a striking visual effect. The video also reveals the impressive size of Saturn, which is about nine times larger than the Earth in diameter.
What is the Scientific Name for Phenomenon of Saturn Rising From Behind the Moon?
The phenomenon captured in the video is known as an occultation, which occurs when one object passes in front of another from the observer’s perspective, blocking it from view. In this case, the Moon occulted Saturn, hiding it behind its disk. Occultations are rare events that can involve different celestial bodies, such as planets, stars, asteroids, or comets.
According to the International Occultation Timing Association, occultations of Saturn by the Moon can be seen from somewhere on Earth once or twice in a year, but then not again for about 18 years. The last such event happened in 2023, and the next one will occur in 2024. The exact date and location of an occultation depend on the orbital positions of the Moon and Saturn, as well as the observer’s latitude and longitude.
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The video posted by @redditspaceview was recorded by an amateur astronomer and astrophotographer named Paul Stewart, who lives in Timaru, New Zealand. He used a telescope and a camera to capture the rare moment in 2014, and then combined three images to create a composite photo that shows both Saturn and the Moon in detail. He later shared his photo online, where it received widespread acclaim and admiration.
Stewart’s photo and video are indeed remarkable examples of how amateur astronomers can contribute to the scientific and artistic exploration of space. They also demonstrate how social media can help spread awareness and enthusiasm about astronomy among the general public. As one Twitter user commented, “This is why I love space. It never ceases to amaze me”.