|Click to enlarge and see the planets near center!|
I arrived home later than anticipated and barely had time to climb up to the roof and take pictures of the conjunction- and for the life of me could not seem to get a decent exposure quickly. Of course when I came back into the house it was then that I discovered I had left my circular polarizing filter on the lens. Very good for landscape, not so good in low light!
Venus is the brighter planet above and to the left of Jupiter. Last night these planets were separated in our sky by less than the diameter of our full moon! Keep in mind that these planets are not actually near each other in space- after all Venus (the 2nd planet) is inside our orbit to the Sun and Jupiter (the 5th planet) much further outside our orbit. It is just that from Earth, looking out on a line to Jupiter, we see Venus in its orbit right next to that line.
So, 2065 until we experience such similar geometry...if I'm around, I hope we have limited artificial lighting enough to see the alignment...and if not, perhaps my family members will have opportunities to see an Earth - Jupiter conjunction from Mars!