The Great Conjunction – December 16th

Better pictures tonight! Plus a three-day old crescent moon. Also a few clouds about, but not enough to obscure the view, just add a bit of pink after I waited for them to drift out of the the way.

Keep drifting…

Drift faster! (But that is pretty…)

Better! Now we just need to wait for it to get a bit darker.

This might be one of the best pictures I’ve ever taken. Crescent moon is way overexposed but that shows the dark, night time surface of the moon illuminated by Earthshine (sunlight reflected off of the Earth, off the Moon, then back to us), with Jupiter and Saturn visible above, including a couple of Jupiter’s moons.

Exposed for the crescent moon, still with the planets approaching conjunction above.

Still had some clouds drifting past as the planet rotated around and moved the horizon up toward our celestial display. Plus, as always looking to the west from our front yard, power lines.

Zoomed in all the way on the two planets. This is at 300mm zoom on the “big” lens – the scale is the same as the similar pictures from last Thursday, Monday, and Tuesday. If you compare them, you can see how the planets are getting closer by the day. See, Galileo was right, they DO move!

Zoomed back out as far as this lens goes, here come those trees and the horizon.

I know many of you have cloudy skies these days and I hope that you get some clearing and a chance to see the conjunction in the next few days. The forecast here is pretty good right now, so I’m looking forward to seeing this once in a lifetime event and sharing it with y’all!

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4 responses to “The Great Conjunction – December 16th

  1. Fabulous! Do you mind if I share that last one with my friends? They are asking how to find it!! Main thing they need is a clear sky, I think. Me too, for that matter. We’re getting clear mornings, which doesn’t help at all. Nice view of Altair at 5am 🙂

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  2. Fabulous! Do you mind if I share that last one with my friends? They are asking how to find it!! Main thing they need is a clear sky, I think. Me too, for that matter. We’re getting clear mornings, which doesn’t help at all. Nice view of Altair at 5am 🙂
    (Please delete Roscoe’s comment)

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    • Of course you may! If you get a clear (-ish?) sunset just look to the western horizon, starting about a half hour after sunset. You’ll see Jupiter first, it’s brighter, then Saturn. By about an hour after sunset they’ll both be clearly visible. Don’t wait too long – they’ll be setting about two hours after sunset. Naked eye is fine, binoculars are better. Good luck and clear skies!

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      • Just been out because of some brief breaks in the cloud, still blue in the sky (not dark blue!) Moon showing nicely, maybe I saw Jupiter in another crack in the cloud, but now the breaks have gone and a big bank of thick stuff rolls up from the southwest.

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