Venus, Mercury, and Saturn, October 8, 2009. It was nice sitting on a large boulder next to Georgian Bay, and watching this lovely conjunction while "dawn stretched her rosy fingers across the sky..."
The bright object near the top is the planet Venus. About five degrees to its lower left are the planets Mercury and Saturn. They were only about a third of a degree apart. Although Mercury is miniscule in size compared to Saturn, it was brighter this morning because it was about ten times closer to Earth. The photograph was taken at 6:34 a.m. EDT just north of Owen Sound, Ontario.
This photograph was featured on the SkyNews Magazine website, and it was published in Astronomy Magazine, March 2010 and August 2010 editions.
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