A rare astronomical event occurred Monday night, when Jupiter and Saturn were close together and were especially vibrant and visible to the naked eye.
During this “Great Conjunction,” the two planets were the closest they’ve been to each other in nearly 400 years, and it’s been about 800 years since the alignment occurred at night, allowing everyone around the world to witness it.
Monday just after sunset was the peak of the conjunction, but the planets can still be viewed fairly close together in the coming nights.
Watch a live stream (now archived) below from Griffith Observatory:
For a view as well as some commentary from Lowell Observatory: