An Extraordinary Video of Saturn Setting on the Moon

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Colin Legg caught something amazing on camera just a few days ago. In the cobalt-coloured sky above Australia, this amateur astrophotographer managed to capture the exact moment that the moon passed in front of Saturn.

The event itself is known as an occultation. That term does not refer to witchcraft but simply the act of one celestial body passing in front of another and blocking it from view. It's like an eclipse's big brother. Occultations happen once or twice a year in our sky, though this particular combination of the moon and Saturn is more rare since the two bodies orbit on slightly different planes.

Rare or not, it's a beautiful sight to behold. Be sure to check out more of Legg's photography on his website, and you can keep up with astronomical events happening this year with this calendar.