Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Venus and Jupiter meet up

Orion at left, with Jupiter and Venus in the trees. Taken at the Blue Braille Observatory, March 11, 2012
I took this picture on Sunday night. Jupiter and Venus are currently in the middle of the best planetary meet up of the year. They will be at their closest tonight. They are the two bright points in the trees, just above the peak of the observatory. The two telescopes, a 4" Televue and a 130mm Astro-physics, are pointed at Orion.

The three belt stars are easily seen at the upper left with their even spacing. The bright star at the top of Orion is Betelgeuse. Underneath the belt is Rigel. Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, is at left. But for this month, it is overshadowed by brighter Jupiter and Venus.

Here's a similar picture by Alan Dyer.