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Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Mars, Spica, Saturn and Moon 22 August, 2012

The line-up of the Moon, Mars (top middle), Saturn (right) and the star Spica (left) imaged on 22 August 2012 at 6:45 pm ACST from Adelaide, Australia. Image taken with a Canon IXUS at ASA 400, 15 second exposure. (click to embiggen)The line up on 22 August(3x Zoom, 8 secs exposure ASA 400)

The cloud which had socked us in all day cleared up enough for me to take these images. I tried various exposure times, trying to balance overexposing the waxing but still crescent Moon with underexposing the stars.

Previous images of the line-up here, here and  here

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Hello Ian, do you know that the object might be? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voUpnaE-Q0c&feature=youtu.be
Thank you.
It's the red giant star Antares.
Gahhh, I'm an idiot, it's the red giant Aldebaran, not Antares (that's what I get for posting in the early morning :-(
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