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In pictures: The great conjunction


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It might be Christmas, but for keen stargazers this was the time when Jupiter and Saturn crossed paths in the night sky, reaching their closest point on 21 December. Photographers have been out recording the moment.

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image captionAcross the world people gathered around telescopes to view the rare celestial event.

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image captionSome like astronomer Blake Estes in Santa Barbara, California, used high-end telescopes to photograph the moment the planets seemingly came together, though they remained about 450 million miles apart in space.

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image captionOthers use their mobile phones to record the event.

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image captionThis is the moment when Jupiter and Saturn started to form a double planet in night sky in an event known as the great conjunction.

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image captionThe two planets have not been this close to each other in a dark sky for 800 years, and are seen here from southern Spain.

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image captionTo the west of Kuwait City, astro-photographers recorded the moment.

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image captionIn Damascus, people gathered on roofs to try and view the event.

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image captionThe two planets can just be seen as the Statue of Liberty in New York City looks on.

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image captionIn Brooklyn, a sculpture of star-shaped candles titled entitled Labyrinth of Light, by Debra Sheldon, celebrates the event.

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image captionOutside the Nehru Planetarium in India’s capital Delhi, a man uses a laser pointer to highlight the planets.

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image captionThe conjunction, which has become known popularly as the Christmas Star, is seen here above Mount Tamalpais in California.

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