Our planet moved almost directly between Saturn and the Sun on Sunday, in an annual celestial event known as

The clearest picture of Saturn was taken – The Daily Mail

A photographer captured his clearest picture of Saturn as it approached its closest point to Earth this year.

Our planet moved almost directly between Saturn and the Sun on Sunday, in an annual celestial event known as “opposition.”

This is the moment when the gas giant is closest to us and is in its full phase, so you can get a great view even with the naked eye.

Andrew McCarthy skirted the monsoon weather in Arizona in search of clearer skies to catch a glimpse of the ringed planet over Los Angeles, US, on Sunday.

From the roof of a multi-storey parking lot, he used two cameras to take over 100,000 images of Saturn, before stitching them together to create a stunning shot.

The result is out of this world, with iconic rings lighting up the planet against a dark sky, with some of Saturn’s many moons appearing like stars around it.

Our planet moved almost directly between Saturn and the Sun on Sunday, in an annual celestial event known as

Our planet moved almost directly between Saturn and the Sun on Sunday, in an annual celestial event known as “opposition.” This is the moment when the gas giant is closest to us and is in its full phase, so you can get a great view even with the naked eye

Andrew McCarthy escapes monsoon weather in Arizona in search of clearer skies to catch a glimpse of the ringed planet over Los Angeles, United States, on Sunday

Andrew McCarthy escapes monsoon weather in Arizona in search of clearer skies to catch a glimpse of the ringed planet over Los Angeles, United States, on Sunday

On Sunday, Saturn was 750 million miles (1.3 billion kilometers) from Earth — the closest it could possibly get.  It was traveling at an average speed of 6.02 miles (9.69 km) per second

On Sunday, Saturn was 750 million miles (1.3 billion kilometers) from Earth — the closest it could possibly get. It was traveling at an average speed of 6.02 miles (9.69 km) per second

Saturn: the basics

Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun and the second largest planet in our solar system after Jupiter.

It is considered the “jewel of the solar system” with its insolation rings.

It’s not the only planet with rings, but none are as amazing or complex as Saturn.

Like Jupiter, Saturn is a huge ball made up mostly of hydrogen and helium, with some heavy elements.

Its core extends to cover 60 percent of the radius of the world.

It is similar to the rest of the planet, but is made of a substance similar to gases, mineral liquids, rocks, and ice.

Saturn discovered the farthest planet from Earth with the naked eye, and it has been known since ancient times.

The planet is named after the Roman god of agriculture and wealth, who was also the father of Jupiter.

While Saturn is an unlikely place for living things to take root, the same is not true of some of its many moons.

Satellites such as Enceladus and Titan, home to the inland oceans, could support life.

facts and figures

distance from the sun: 1.434 billion km

orbital: 29 year

surface area: 42.7 billion square kilometers

radius: 58232 km

Mass: 5.683 x 10^26 kg (95.16 Megaohm)

Length of the day: 0 day 10 h 42 d

moons: 82 with official designations; Unlimited additional satellites

“This was captured with an 11-inch telescope and two cameras, one for color and one for detail,” McCarthy said.

It was created from over 100,000 individual photo frames taken over a period of about 30 minutes in the early hours of the morning.

“I used a parking garage to elevate myself above the air currents that distort objects near the ground, and the lights didn’t affect the image because the planet was too bright.”

On Sunday, Saturn was 750 million miles (1.3 billion km) from Earth, traveling at an average speed of 6.02 miles (9.69 km) per second.

It reached its encounter point at 18:00 GMT (13:00 EST) shining with a star power of 0.3.

This event occurs every 54 weeks because it takes the second largest planet in our solar system approximately 29.5 years to complete one orbit of the sun.

As a result, every year we have to travel a little farther in orbit to catch up and pass Saturn.

The Earth moves almost three times faster, the Earth moves every 378 days, and it passes directly between it and the Sun.

In 2023 Saturn will be in opposition on August 27, and in 2024 it will be on September 8.

McCarthy was forced to drive from Arizona to take crystal-clear photos, due to the upcoming monsoon season.

“The southwest gets a lot of clouds and rain at night,” he said.

With planetary photography, it is very different from a lot of other types of celestial photography because the planets themselves are very small.

The air currents will essentially bend over the image of Saturn and Jupiter or any completely obscure detail.

“So it’s very important that you get the quietest sky possible, that you get to the upper atmosphere.”

McCarthy headed to Los Angeles after forecasts called for five out of five clear skies over the city, where he used an infrared optical filter to capture the shape of the planet and its rings.

Andrew (pictured) flew to Los Angeles after anticipating a clear sky, and used an infrared light filter to capture the shape of Saturn and its rings

Andrew (pictured) flew to Los Angeles after anticipating a clear sky, and used an infrared light filter to capture the shape of Saturn and its rings

What is the planet in opposition?

The paradox occurs when two celestial bodies appear in opposite directions in the sky from the earth.

The full moon is said to be in opposition to the sun; Then the land is roughly between them.

The higher planet (whose orbit is farther from the Sun than the Earth’s orbit) is in opposition when the Earth passes between it and the Sun.

Opposition to the planet is a good time to observe it, because then the planet is at its closest point to the Earth and in its full phase.

The planets Venus and Mercury, whose orbit is smaller than that of the Earth, can never come into conflict with the Sun.

2022 dates for planets in opposition:

Neptune: September 16

Jupiter: 26 September

Uranus: November 9

Mars: December 8

Source: Encyclopaedia Britannica / Royal Museums Greenwich / Star Walk

He said: “It narrows the amount of incoming light and passes it to infrared, which will scatter much less than those with shorter wavelengths, such as blue.

And that allowed me to get really clear details of the planet, really defined ring edges, and of course the beautiful, beautiful shape of the planet.

Blending these images together I was able to get the best of both worlds as I had to use infrared, which really sharpened things, and had individual color filters, which gave me a lot of color depth, which is why I like cloud bands on scattering It has completely different colours.

Andrew’s love for the universe began when he was just nine years old when he peered through his father’s telescope in his backyard and caught his first glimpse of Saturn.

He added, “By a stroke of luck, the ‘star’ I referred to wasn’t a star at all. It was a whole other planet. Saturn, complete with rings and moons, was right there in my eyes.”

I experienced what I can only describe with a perspective shirt that changes my life. I realized that while I was living my daily life, there was a whole world that I was completely ignoring.

Back in May, Andrew snapped a 286-megapixel image of the sun during the heaviest period of solar activity in decades.

The image shows huge fireballs rotating on the surface of the Sun, and it can be zoomed in to see the entire fireball mass in the finest detail.

He took pictures through his telescope, being careful not to be blinded by harsh rays.

The high-resolution image is a mosaic of about 50 tiles, each made up of 600 layered images.

American astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy selected 30,000 images to create a mosaic that captures the Sun in high resolution from Florence, Arizona, USA

American astrophotographer Andrew McCarthy selected 30,000 images to create a mosaic that captures the Sun in high resolution from Florence, Arizona, USA

The image captures dark spots, known as active regions, on the surface of the Sun as well as bright sunspots erupting from the fireball.

The image captures dark spots, known as active regions, on the surface of the Sun as well as bright sunspots erupting from the fireball.

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