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Sunday, August 19, 2012

 

Mars, Spica and Saturn 18-19 August, 2012

The line-up of Mars, (middle) Saturn (right) and the star Spica (left) imaged on 18 August 2012 at 6:30 pm ACST from Adelaide, Australia. Image taken with a Canon IXUS at ASA 400, 15 second exposure. (click to embiggen)The line-up of Mars, (middle) Saturn (right) and the star Spica (left) imaged on 19 August 2012 at 6:30 pm ACST from Adelaide, Australia. Image taken with a Canon IXUS at ASA 400, 15 second exposure. (click to embiggen)
The line up on 18 August(3x Zoom, 15 secs exposure ASA 400)The line up on 19 August(3x Zoom, 15 secs exposure ASA 400)

After days of pelting rain and cloud, the line-up of Mars, Spica and Saturn is visible again (previous images here).

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I spent an hour Saturday night watching the triangle set. It was quite nice to see an different "asterism".
The Cub Scout leaders would not be swayed from their songlist and started counting stars when I mentioned the two planets above them ... I'll have to tee it up before then.

 
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