Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mercury-Venus-Jupiter Conjuction

I finally got a clear shot of the western sky to see the Mercury-Venus-Jupiter conjunction. This will be the closest grouping of these three planets until 2021.

Mercury is the faint "star" near the top-center of the image. Venus is the bright object near the center, and Jupiter is located below and slightly to the left of Venus.

Mercury (top), Venus (center) and Jupiter, May 29, 2013.
I was in the back corner of my yard taking pictures when the sprinklers went off. One sprinkler head was about 10 feet away. Out of it's nearly 360 degree field of rotation, guess exactly where it was pointing when it went off... Luckily the camera only got a glancing blow.