Moon Dressed as Saturn
Photo credit: Francisco Sojuel
Photographer Francisco Sojuel just happened to be at the right place and time to capture a breathtaking photo of the moon. He was climbing volcano Acatenango in Guaemala back on December 24, 2019 when the Moon appeared to look just like Saturn due to a thin cloud passing in front of it just before sunrise. This was actually two days before a solar eclipse took place, and required a six-hour trip to get to the location. Read more for a video showing what would happen if other planets replaced the sun in our sky and additional information.

Guatemala’s Acatenango stratovolcano has two peaks, Pico Mayor and Yepocapa, which is also known as Tres Hermanas (Three Sisters). The only known historical eruptions of Acatenango volcano happened in the 20th century, between 1924 and 1927 from just north of the summit peak (Pico Mayor) and again in December 1972 from the saddle between Yepocapa and Pico Mayor.

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From afar you may wonder, ‘Is that an asteroid ring around the moon?’. Well, the disguise of this waning moon is actually a thin cirrostratus cloud. The way the cloud interacts with the moon creates a unique display of beauty […] Below the moon? The dimly lit silhouette of volcano Pacaya and the Guatemalan highlands can be appreciated,” said Sojuel to PetaPixel.