Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Venus And Crescent Moon Put On Show This Week

Photo taken at my farm near Breckenridge, Texas. -SW


On Monday, December 26, 2011, Venus and the crescent moon put on quite a display, with a cosmic alignment known as a conjunction.

If you were lucky enough to have clear skies during sunset, Venus and the crescent moon could be viewed shining brightly in the southwestern sky, with only 7 degrees between the two.

Jupiter is also clearly visible (in the eastern portion of the night sky) and can be seen with the unaided eye.  Jupiter and Venus will appear to come closer to each other until March 14, 2012, when they will pass each other at a range of about 3 degrees.  Be sure to take photos of the Venus/Jupiter conjunction.

If any of my readers took interesting photos of the Venus/Moon conjunction on 26 December, 2011, please send them to me. I will post the best ones and will do likewise with any March 14, 2012 Venus/Jupiter photos.

Mark your calendars, charge up those camera batteries and keep watching the skies! -SW


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