Marko Posavec Photography

The Planetary Dance Continues

As ordinary astronomer’s luck would have it, clouds have ruined the sight of long-awaited Jupiter-Venus conjunction on June 30. That was only a partial disaster because I would not have been able to shoot them that evening anyway. In a shocking turn of events, however, and completely out of the usual astronomy routine, the two planets remained almost as closely converged the following day as well: several arcminutes further apart, well, who gives a damn.

And so there you have it. Venus and Jupiter on the first day of July.

Venus and Jupiter on the first day of July.

This is properly exposed and heavily cropped Venus. Obviously, it has passed the eastern elongation and is slowly receding back into the glow of sunset. Taken with Bigma at 500 mm.

This is properly exposed and heavily cropped Venus.

The nearly full Moon was there, too.

The nearly full Moon was there, too.

Bright spots pierce the dusk.

Bright spots pierce the dusk.

A wide-angle shot, showing just how close they were.

A wide-angle shot, showing just how close they were.

Sinking ever lower…

Sinking ever lower...

A four-minute exposure. I didn’t have enough patience to wait for the setting and the flying bloodsuckers were restless.

A four-minute exposure.