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Tuesday, December 02, 2008


Night of the "Smiley Face Fritz" Link Fest

It's fantastic so many people got to the the "Smiley Face Conjunction", the line-up of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon on December 1, 2008. Especially since we won't see another one like it until around 2036 or so.

And it's good that people who didn't get to see it could share in it through the photots. Many readers left links to their own images. I'm promoting these links in this post, so they are not missed by casual readers.

First up is Comet Al's image of the lineup, where you can see the Moons of Jupiter.

Marko Stanković took some fantastic pictures from Belgrade, Serbia with a Canon PowerShot A570IS (Venus is almost about to go behind the Moon in one):

Mike Salway has a report and some fantatsic picstures (with reflections in water) here:

Gary Ayton has some nice atmospheric images of the event and past occultations as well at

Tiffany Stacey has a nice picture at http://i34.tinypic.com/5ot3yc.jpg

Mesa Mike has an outstanding picture from the northern hemisphere (near Santa Fe, New Mexico): http://mesamike.org/uploaded_images/DSC_3820-scaled-752163.JPG

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