Category Archives: Future Astronomical Event (FAE)

A Crescent Moon and Mercury in the West

Last night offered a nice view of the conjunction of the young crescent moon and the planet Mercury in the western skies of the Northern Latitudes.  Mars was also visible, although higher above the moon. You can see some stars of the constellation Cetus just to the right of the moon. The ½ second exposure was just enough to bring out the Earthshine on the moon.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens, tripod mounted. ½ second exposure at ISO 640, f/2.8, 140mm. Imaging was done on March 29, 2017 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Here is an updated version after I had the time to make some adjustments.

…Tom

Venus and Jupiter Close Conjunction on August 27, 2016

How is this for a close planetary conjunction? Check out the view after sunset on August 27, 2016 (from Northern Latitudes) and see Venus and Jupiter get within five arc minutes of each other. Probably too low on the horizon to get my telescope on it, but I’ll be making the attempt using a 400mm lens and x2 extender. I hope to see your photos online!

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Mark your calendar now!

…Tom

Moon and Mercury Conjunction on August 4, 2016

Here is a quick shot of this evening’s conjunction of the Moon and the planet Mercury. Mercury finally came through the low clouds as it was setting in the west as seen from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Tech Specs: Canon 6D, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L USM lens with x2 converter, tripod mounted, ISO 250, ½ second, f/5.6 and 400mm.

Moon-Mercury Conjunction

Moon-Mercury Conjunction

Clear skies!

…Tom

Morning Conjunction of the Moon, Mars, Saturn and Antares

Here is a quick image of this mornings conjunction of the moon, Mars, Saturn and the star Antares. Image was taken this morning, March 29, 2016 from Weatherly, Pennsylvania.

Morning Conjunction

Morning Conjunction

Tech Spec: Canon 6D, Canon EF17-40mm f/4L USM lens, tripod mounted, ISO 1000, 4 seconds, f/4, 40mm, no filters.

Clear skies!

…Tom

Jupiter and Moon conjunction on March 21, 2016

Here is the Jupiter and Moon conjunction from last evening, March 21, 2016. Two image composition using a Canon 6D and 400mm lens. The composition includes one image of the Moon/Jupiter taken at ISO 1000, 1/4000 second, f/5.6 at 400mm and a second exposure at 1/30 second to capture the moons of Jupiter – these images were then combined.  The square block around Jupiter was over exposed to show the four Galilean moons.

Jupiter and Moon conjunction on March 21, 2016.

Jupiter and Moon conjunction on March 21, 2016.

The Science: In astronomical terms, a conjunction involves the close approach of two or more solar system bodies or a close approach of a single solar system body with another object in the sky (like a star cluster or bright star). It’s important to remember that these conjunctions are only from our perspective here on the planet Earth, the objects are never actually close together. You can read more at http://www.leisurelyscientist.com/?page_id=398

Clear skies!

…Tom

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