Thursday, March 15, 2012


Taken around 8:09 p.m. Eastern. Four-second exposure at f2.8.

Venus (on the right) and Jupiter are in conjunction tonight (March 15). According to Universe Today, the two planets are passing within three degrees of each other.

Here they are, zoomed in:

While the conjunction occurred in the west, Mars rose in the east:

I photographed this cloud while waiting for the sky to darken:

Not photographed: the meteor I saw streaking near a barely-visible Venus -- my first meteor sighting in daylight.

At around 9:30 this morning, I had photographed this waning crescent moon. At one day after last quarter, it is 43 percent of full:

Clouds had begun to move in by the time I finished tonight's photo shoot. I did some planet and star ID for a neighbor, who soon returned with his iPad and its planisphere app.

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