Oklahomans Capture Once-In-A-Lifetime Event As Jupiter, Saturn Come Extremely Close


Monday, December 21st 2020, 9:52 pm
By: Grant Stephens


MOUNDS, Okla. -

Jupiter and Saturn are the closest they have been in hundreds of years, and dozens of people came to the Astronomy Club of Tulsa's Observatory to see the phenomenon.

Bryan Kyle, a member of the Astronomy Club, said the planets' proximity is much more than just a pretty sight.

Being "able to see the two largest worlds in our solar system side-by-side for the first time in practically 800 years is a remarkable sight to see," Kyle said. "We think that Jupiter and Saturn played a role in actually shaping the universe itself, so getting to see sort of the way they work in action like this is pretty cool."

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Dozens of people carefully unpacked delicate telescopes to capture the monumental moment in celestial history.

Kyle came prepared with special equipment of his own.

"It feels really nice to know that you're not the only one who's super psyched about this amazing event," he said.

"We all have our own perspectives, we all have different telescopes, different instruments and well all use different little techniques to see this stuff but we're all sort of gathering data on the same thing," Kyle stated.

He said the unity seen outside of the observatory was refreshing in a year marked by isolation.

"It's nice to kind of put everything else on the backburner for a little while and just enjoy space," he said.