Jupiter and Saturn descend on world’s tallest building in epic ‘Great Conjunction’ video

On Monday (Dec. 21), Jupiter and Saturn appeared closer together in the night sky than they had in 800 years. To the naked eye, this “Great Conjunction” looked like a single, massive celestial object shining over the Earth. But to telescopes — and consumer cameras equipped with telescopic lenses — the planets showed their individual faces in stunning detail as they promenaded across the sky.

Florian Kriechbaumer, a photographer in the United Arab Emirates, caught the celestial spectacle from one of Earth’s most sky-scraping locations: Near Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. In a large parking area across from the skyscraper (which stands 2,720 feet, or 830 meters, tall), Kriechbaumer filmed the conjunction for 45 minutes, capturing the moment that the two planets made their closest approach to one another (from his vantage point).

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