Monday, November 13, 2017

CONJUNCTION OF VENUS AND JUPITER Taken by Andrew Greenwood on November 13, 2017 @ Bollington, Cheshire, UK

It’s not every day that the Solar System’s two brightest planets align … A 0500 start and trek up to White Nancy in sub-zero temperatures was required this morning to see Jupiter and Venus rise above Shining Tor in the pre-dawn gloaming. It’s a shame that the two planets are so difficult to see in these images, but what a sight as the pairing slowly cleared the horizon creating a beautiful diagonal alignment with Mars and the crescent Moon. It can be difficult to comprehend such a view – standing on Earth; seeing Venus and Mars respectively inside and outside of our orbit; then mighty Jupiter almost 45 minutes from Earth if you travelled at the speed of light. Truly amazing.

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