Astro photography

Venus, Jupiter

Venus and Jupiter Conjunction, August 18, 2014. I had been looking forward to this close conjunction of the planets Venus and Jupiter for quite some time. One of the nice things about astronomy is that particular events can be predicted years or even decades in advance, and this closest pairing in fourteen years of the two brightest planets was much anticipated. One of the things that can't be predicted long in advance is cloud cover, and when I arrived at the site I had chosen for the photograph on the shore of Georgian Bay the eastern sky, and the conjunction were hidden behind a cloud bank. There was a clear section of the sky slowly moving towards the location of the planets, and after twenty minutes of waiting the glittering pair were finally revealed. Venus is the brighter of the two.

This photograph was featured on the SkyNews Magazine website.

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