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Sunset Clouds (again), Closest Jupiter-Venus-Mercury Conjunction

Posted: 27 May 2013

Due to clouds, the observatory was not opened Sunday, 26 May 2013. However, I did go outside at sunset in the hopes of being able to photograph this night's closest conjunction of Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury. At 1934 MST, I took this panorama of the western sky using the D7000 DSLR:


Fortunately, there were holes in the clouds that allowed Jupiter, Venus, and Mercury to be visible, although the thin clouds made Mercury difficult to see. This view was captured at 1951 MST, f/5.3, 1/15sec, 75mm, ISO 400:


Mouseover the image above or tap on it if using a touchscreen device (iPad, iPhone, etc.) to see the labels.

Compare the positions of the planets in the above image to their positions on 25 May, 24 May, 23 May, 20 May, and 19 May.

This image of the planets was taken at 1956 MST, f/5.6, 1/10sec, 105mm, ISO 400:


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