Celestial conjunction in Norway’s night skies
The Moon and Jupiter conjoined in the skies above Norway this week
November 11th, 2011
12:35 PM ET

Celestial conjunction in Norway’s night skies

Norwegian iReporter Hans-Dieter Fleger, 58, is an avid stargazer. He’s bookmarked the websites for NASA, the Space Weather Prediction Center and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory. So, he knew what to look for the night of November 8, when the Moon and Jupiter were scheduled to form a conjunction.

A conjunction is a loose astronomical term used to describe a moment when two celestial bodies are near each other in the sky.

Since astronomy and photography happen to be two of Hans' greatest passions, he was well-armed to capture the rare event. Armed with his camera and a remote, he snapped this picture as the Moon and Jupiter (center-right in the picture above) were within 10 degrees of each other.

And after he took the picture, he discovered an added bonus in one of his shots: A meteorite's tail streaking above the moon as it entered the Earth's atmosphere!

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