Johannesburg-based photographer Cory Schmitz managed to capture a rare Saturn occultation, or to be more specific, an event that occurs when one object is hidden by another object that passes between it and the observer. Missed this one? Well, you’re in luck, as the Moon will pass in front of Saturn for every lunar month in 2019. “The raw view through my planetary imaging telescope from South Africa of the Saturn conjunction and occultation by Earth’s moon,” said Cory. Read more for the video and additional information.
“He posted a standalone picture to Instagram with colouration showing Saturn and its rings in the background, dwarfed by the nearby moon. This required two separate images to be combined into a composite, one taking coloured data from the planet and another from the moon,” according to The Verge.