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Venus and Jupiter fly pass

pierre_pierre
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Venus and Jupiter fly pass

The pairing of Jupiter and Venus in the sky is set to reach its closest point in the coming days.
Despite being vastly far from one another in space, the conjunction will make them appear just a few degrees apart in the sky - about the width of a pair of fingers held at arm's length.
The pair can be seen to the west-southwest, shortly after sunset.
Venus is the brighter of the two, and Jupiter will appear to move in a line past it for the rest of the month.
tomorrows picture below
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With the unmistakable Orion constellation on the left Cool
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Re: Venus and Jupiter fly pass

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Pierre what software is your jpeg taken from? it looks interesting

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I've used this http://www.stellarium.org/ and found it very good.
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Re: Venus and Jupiter fly pass

mine is Starry Night Enthusiast 4.5\starrynight.exe"
I was sorting out my old CD and it was on one of those, it had a proviso that when it fires up , ignore the screen below and just click OK
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Re: Venus and Jupiter fly pass

What do you get when you combine a year’s worth of NASA lunar projects into continuous render? You get this awesome video that shows you every hour of every moon phase in all of 2012.
video here
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I'm glad I don't live on the moon, I'd get sea sick with all that rocking Smiley Undecided Smiley
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I've used this http://www.stellarium.org/ and found it very good.

Yes that is excellent. Somebody in this forum recommended it some time back. It may even of been you Strat.
Quite near me is what is known as the "Bovingdon stack" an aircraft holding/circling point for Heathrow and Luton airports (I expect nadger where he lives is probably familiar with as well...er! it is you who lives near Leighton Buzzard isn't it?) Anyway, I had the binoculars on Jupiter last evening and a brightly lit aircraft flew right across it...it didn't do any damage to aircraft or Jupiter though thankfully Shocked Shocked
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@strat: thanks stellarium, impressive, so much easier than HomePlanet (current software)
I've been using John Walkers home planet http://www.fourmilab.ch/homeplanet/ ; for several years, it is looking a "bit tired"
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Re: Venus and Jupiter fly pass

just been out and had a look, nice clear sky, the closest is tomorrow, if its clear I might take another pic, and get the houses next door in shot
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Re: Venus and Jupiter fly pass

tonights try
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Re: Venus and Jupiter fly pass

@p_p:- good photographs, been thick fog here all evening..nada
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Re: Venus and Jupiter fly pass

Better than mine - but I did have to do a 15 second exposure to get this
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Not bad for a 15 second exposure Smiley
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Indeed it is, how did you manage to hold Venus so steady, 15 seconds is quite long enough for astronomical movement to leave a trail rather than the bright dot you have achieved (note the movement trail of Jupiter) were you using an equatorial mounting tripod? If its hand-held that's quite something!!
Most people would struggle to hold a camera steady for split seconds let alone 15, especially in the cold!!
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