Jupiter and Venus are already moving towards each other in the evening sky, and will be closest on Monday 1st December along with the crescent moon. In North America it will form a nice tight bunch. In Europe, not quite so tight but there will be the additional attraction of Venus passing behind the moon. (15:44 UT at my location)
I took this photo this evening to whet the appetite!! Venus and Jupiter just 4deg apart.
Celestron Nexstar8i (8" SCT).
Celestron Skymaster binoculars 15x70
Other:0.63 & 0.33 correctors. X2 & X4 barlow.
Imagers: Meade DSI & Celestron NexImage. Canon EOS 550D
Filters. UHC, OIII, Wratten 12, 21, 25, 38A, 47, 56, 58A, 80A. Solar filter.
Inconvenient foreshortened cloud in the South West prevented me from observing Jupiter and Venus on the 28th. It almost happened again tonight, but there were enough gaps in the cloud for me to get an image. The scale here is the same as the previous photograph, so you can see the relative movement. Venus and Jupiter now around 2.5 degrees apart.
The forecast here for Monday isn't good, but as can be seen here, it only requires a break in the cloud at the right time, so who knows?
I posted a shot of the two planets that I took a few hours ago here.
Sic itur ad astra!
Chance favors the prepared mind.
A man is a small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
DaveMitskyI posted a shot of the two planets that I took a few hours ago here.
It's very interesting to see how the configuration had moved in the hours between your photograph being taken and mine. It is something you can't appreciate in one location because the group always sets in a hour or two. That is the advantage of a world forum like this. Brilliant.
The same kind of cloud that has dogged me over the last few days was present tonight. No sooner had Venus appeared in a gap than Jupiter disappeared. Then Jupiter appeared again only to have Venus slip behind the cloud. The crescent moon was visible low down to the right of these shy evening stars. I did take photos of both planets in the sky but not at exactly the same time. So this image is a bit of a cheat. It is a photo showing Jupiter (top) with one of Venus (bottom) taken about 90 seconds later superimposed on to it.
The forecast still isn't great for Monday. I really need skies to clear before 15:45 UT to stand any chance of getting Venus before it goes behind the moon. It will be quite light then so it is going to be a task to image it.
(The streak to the left is a plane coming into land at Tees Valley Airport)
I got to see them too tonight. Very, very cool.
I'm really pleased that you got to see the conjunction. Rain and cloud meant I didn't see anything.
I'd given up hope of seeing the best of the conjunction until I left work this afternoon and was dazzled by sunshine. The uniform dome of clouds had broken up into great, hulking gray rafts that were drifting about with huge gaps in between. As I drove home I could see the slice of moon in the bright sky with Venus' silvery dot alongside. I hoped that the shattered clouds wouldn't reassemble themselves until after dark, a torturous wait of about an hour. Luck was with me, however, and I did get a chance to see the three against a dark sky. It was a great sight. As the solid wall of clouds moved in from the west I knew it would have to be enough.
Terry's Law of Cosmology: "Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak."
18" Obsession Classic dob #1665
10" Orion Skyquest Classic dob
120mm Orion ST achromat
15 X 70 celestron Skymaster binoculars
I can see it right now from my back porch. Conditions seem OK.
Zhumell 8 inch Dob
GSO Superview 30mm
Celestron X-Cel 18mm
University Optics 7mm Orthoscopic
Oberwerk 20x80 lightweight binoculars [stolen :-( ]
Orion Paragon-Plus binocular mount
Pentax 10x50 PCF WP II binoculars
I took my 6year old Daughter out for a nice veiw and Q&A session. Clouds held off on the far East side of Orlando for about 1.5 hours after sunset. It was a very beautiful site!
I got to see the conjunction tonight too! Here's my capture from my Canon 400D.
"Good friends are like stars, you don't always see them, but you know they're always there."
Equipment (so far): C6R-GT, C 80ED, Orion XT8, Orion XT10, Coronado PST, Zhumell 20x80 Binos
From our Star Party Saturday night:
And another from the Party, with Orion:
My pics of the conjecture tonight seemed to have some glare around the moon. Maybe it's time to clean my lens. It also might have been too long on the exposures - I kind of missed the prime viewing time right around twilight (like in Saturday's shot). Lessons learned.
Some pics from the Southern Hemisphere
Just a great shot. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for all the great pictures. I tried for one with my little Kodak point-and-shoot, but couldn't keep it steady enough and was too lazy to dig out the camera tripod.