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Moon, Venus and Jupiter on parade in west...
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post Mar 16 2012, 11:24 AM
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The Astronomy Club at the European Space Astronomy Centre (ESAC, near Madrid, Spain) got together on site to look at Venus and Jupiter. Their little time-lapse video shows the Sun, then the planets, setting behind 'our' castle.

http://vimeo.com/38535957


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post Mar 16 2012, 04:22 PM
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Superb pictures everyone, thanks for sharing. On 14th March there was a 3 degrees gap between the planets Jupiter & Venus. ohmy.gif
From left to right; part of the constellation Orion (stars Betelgeuse & Bellatrix), the star Aldebaran, Messier 45 (Pleiades) and the conjunction.

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post Mar 18 2012, 12:10 PM
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After a week of totally overcast skies, we finally got to catch up with Venus and Jupiter last night...

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http://cumbriansky.wordpress.com/2012/03/1...a-fleeting-view


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post Mar 18 2012, 05:37 PM
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QUOTE (Lunik9 @ Mar 16 2012, 12:22 PM) *
Superb pictures everyone, thanks for sharing. On 14th March there was a 3 degrees gap between the planets Jupiter & Venus. ohmy.gif
From left to right; part of the constellation Orion (stars Betelgeuse & Bellatrix), the star Aldebaran, Messier 45 (Pleiades) and the conjunction.


How did you get everything in focus?
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post Mar 18 2012, 09:07 PM
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This evening was perfect for planet watching from North Wales. I decided to take some white paper to a really dark spot and succeeded - just - in seeing shadows cast by Venus for only the second time in my life.
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post Mar 18 2012, 09:44 PM
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QUOTE (ngunn @ Mar 18 2012, 05:07 PM) *
This evening was perfect for planet watching from North Wales. I decided to take some white paper to a really dark spot and succeeded - just - in seeing shadows cast by Venus for only the second time in my life.

Keep looking - Venus will be brightest around April 30. Furthest out from the Sun March 26.
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post Mar 20 2012, 10:26 AM
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The show's just about over now (with our weather forecast, anyway!) so a last few photos...

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...and a look ahead to what the rest of 2012 will offer "up there"...

http://cumbriansky.wordpress.com/2012/03/2...end-of-the-show


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post Mar 23 2012, 01:19 AM
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Managed a few more pics tonight...

http://cumbriansky.wordpress.com/2012/03/2...ening-at-church

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post Mar 24 2012, 12:58 AM
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Very hazy and misty tonight, not much use for "realistic" shots but a godsend for someone in the mood to mess about with a camera after a lousy day at work... smile.gif

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post Mar 24 2012, 05:28 AM
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Venus, Jupiter and the crescent Moon over the Olympics and Puget Sound. Shot with an iPhone 4.
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post Mar 24 2012, 09:38 PM
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Remarkably, my weekend off has coincided with a spell of good weather, so today I hauled my tent, my telescope, a solar telescope and assorted "stuff" up to the castle to basically camp out for the day and chill. Saw a few sunspots, showed the Sun to about 50 passers by, and generally had a great, very relaxing time. When the Sun set there was a lot of mist n murk gathering in the west, and I almost packed up and came home, thinking there was no way I'd see Venus and Jupiter... but I decided to stay, thinking "You never know"... and I'm very glad I did... smile.gif

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(Note: the light piollution isn't actually *that* bad up there: long exposures to bring out sky colour and enhance the colours of the scene. I'll let others do the more realistic portraits wink.gif )


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post Mar 25 2012, 12:04 AM
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Stu,

Re: light pollution - I consider myself very lucky that I can step outside my front door and see the Orion nebula without squinting. Friends who come down from London are routinely amazed by how many stars they can see in the night sky.

Great photos btw.

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post Mar 25 2012, 05:09 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Feb 24 2012, 11:48 PM) *
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That last one shows the ISS moving through the sky too...


Not as good as your images in particular because of the wind shaking my tripod. I took these photos on the Feb 25, 2012 in Shropshire, UK. The ISS passed right between Venus and the Moon.
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post Mar 25 2012, 10:23 PM
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I took this lastnight outside of my apartment. smile.gif
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post Mar 25 2012, 11:23 PM
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Beautiful clear sky tonight, and even better forecast for tomorrow... smile.gif

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