Mesmerizing Footage Reveals the Moment Earth’s Moon ‘Devours’ Saturn

Earth's Moon occults Saturn 14 times in 2019: once for every month, and twice in March and November

A stunning new video posted on YouTube revealed the exact moment Earth’s moon appears to swallow one of the largest planets in our solar system, Saturn before the ringed planet re-emerges 1 hour, and forty-four minutes later.

The mesmerizing footage saw the ringed planet come back from the other side of the moon, completing what astronomers call ‘occultation‘. As noted by Universe Today, Earth’s Moon occults Saturn 14 times in 2019: once for every month, and twice in March and November.

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The video footage of Saturn briefly disappearing being Earth’s satellite was published on Instagram, YouTube as well as Twitter.

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What a view this was! I Love these astro events. They get my blood pumping. This is my first crack at processing the data I collected during the #occultation of #Saturn by the #moon, just before sunrise on Friday morning, viewable from South Africa. About three minutes after this, Saturn disappeared from view, hidden by the moon. For almost two hours. . It's a composite image made from 2 sets of RGB data, one for the moon and one for Saturn. . I used a @zwoasi 290MM monochrome camera and a motorized filter wheel, the imaging telescope was a 12" RC. . I used FireCapture and some custom scripts to automate the process as much as possible. . I had to make a composite image because the moon is far greater than the brightness of Saturn. To get a decent image I needed to use much higher gain for Saturn, which would blow out the moon exposure. So the moon and Saturn were processed separately and combined. . I'm dedicating this image to our late dogchild, Holly, who passed away the night before this event. Usually she would be keeping me company in the backyard when I image, and she was missed this time. . More to come. Hope you enjoy it! . #astrophotography @photographingspace #nightsky #deepsky #deepspace #planet #lunar #space #conjunction #occultation #nightphotography #youresa #space #youresa #space #moon_of_the_day #thisissouthafrica #SouthAfrica

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The video’s poster, photographer Cory Schmitz, explained in the description of the video that “The raw view through my planetary imaging telescope from South Africa of the Saturn conjunction and occultation by Earth’s moon.”

In addition to the awesome video, Mr. Schmitz also published a standalone image on Instagram showing the moon and the ringed planet in vivid color in the background.

To produce the image, Mr. Schmitz combined two separate images into one, one taking color data of Saturn while the other one from the moon.

He posted a description accompanying the image reading: It’s a composite image made from 2 sets of RGB data, one for the moon and one for Saturn.”

“I had to make a composite image because the Moon is far greater than the brightness of Saturn,” revealed Cory.

“To get a decent image I needed to use much higher gain for Saturn, which would blow out the Moon exposure. So the Moon and Saturn were processed and separately combined.”