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Tuesday, May 28, 2013


Planet Dance Seen Again (Venus and Jupiter at their closest, 28 May 2013)

Jupiter, Venus (just near the cloud band above the horizon) and Mercury (off to the right of Venus and above the channel light) at around 6:10 pm ACST as seen from the beach at Largs North, Adelaide. Image taken with a Canon IXUS, 3 x Zoom 400 ASA, shutter speed 2 seconds. Click to embiggenA few minutes later, Venus is just touching the surface of the ocean, Mercury is closer to the channel light.

One of the "benefits" of being sick these past few days was that I got picked up by the Bettdeckererschnappender Weisle and the kids in the afternoon. Driving back home the clouds parted and I could see the triangle of Venus, Jupiter and Nercury just above the horizon. I pointed it out to the family, and when we got home I jumped out, grabbed the camera and was able to get off a few shots with the planets just above the horizon.

The whole thing looked really spectacular, and I'm more than slightly astounded I could see Venus all the way until it touched the horizon.

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It was a nice sight as we drove west across the Blue Mountains Wednesday evening. We caught glimpses from the hilltops but didn't get a good view until Jupiter had set.
We stopped on a back road after dinner and got a great eyeful of the Milky Way before the fog got too thick.
Thanks Ian for your info.
Sounds fantastic, glad I could help.
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