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Monday, April 20, 2009


Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mars.

Jupiter and the Moon looked very nice together this morning (click on the image to embiggen). With Venus and Mars below the sky was very attractive indeed. Venus is the very obvious bright dot down the bottom, and Mars is just above and to the right, just above the tress.

Keep on watching. Venus comes closer to Mars, and on the 22nd and 23rd, the thin crescent Moon, Venus and Mars are close together.

I could see Jupiter 15 minutes after sunrise, but by 40 minutes after, it was difficult to see with thin high cloud interfering. Without the Moon to guide me, I would have had no hope of seeing it. Venus was dead easy to see until the cloud went over it.

Had a look at Venus through the 4" scope, very, very thin crescent, very beautiful. Have to drage the imager out and take some photos.

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