AndesSMF wrote:What about Uranus?
Queso wrote:Great picture, Vik. Yeah, that's practically identical to the layout I saw.
vikkyvik wrote:Sorry, I didn't realize this was happening till last night. Actually not that cool anyway. But Jupiter and the Moon were about 5 degrees apart horizontally last night.
This is an HDR showing the Moon + halo, and Jupiter and 4 moons (though you can only see 3 in the resized version):
JeffSFO wrote:Nice render with the moons, Vik. The last few years have been really good for conjunctions between the Moon and Jupiter. Back in January of 2013 Jupiter was within .5 degrees and I was able to get a shot (without the moons). Will post it here if you want.
vikkyvik wrote:JeffSFO wrote:Nice render with the moons, Vik. The last few years have been really good for conjunctions between the Moon and Jupiter. Back in January of 2013 Jupiter was within .5 degrees and I was able to get a shot (without the moons). Will post it here if you want.
Thanks, and of course I want!
I actually got shots of it back then too, but only 2 of Jupiter's moons were visible. And you're absolutely right, I think I've shot 2 or 3 Jupiter + Moon conjunctions in the last few years (honestly, I don't count last night as a conjunction; they weren't that close).
JeffSFO wrote:No problem. I didn't take a separate shot to expose for the Galilean moons but at the time I think I was just happy to grab a few shots of such a close pairing:
vikkyvik wrote:No luck for me. Oh well, all is not lost - tomorrow evening, Venus and Mars will be less than a degree apart in the western sky after sunset, and the crescent Moon and Uranus will be about two vertical degrees apart, about 15 degrees above Venus and Mars.
Will the weather cooperate? No idea.
JeffSFO wrote:I saw the great Mars & Venus conjunction
JeffSFO wrote:Thanks for the info, Vik.
vikkyvik wrote:Nice surprise tonight - was outside looking west at Venus and Mars above the building across the street, just pondering life, when the ISS suddenly appeared over the building, and arced from west to south-southeast (I only saw it for about half its overflight before it disappeared behind my building).
I was amazed at how bright it was - between magnitude -2 and -3. Considerably brighter than Mars, and a bit dimmer than Venus.
Given that a lot of takeoffs from LAX take a similar course through my field of view, I looked it up online to be sure, and yep, that was the station.
JeffSFO wrote:my recollection is that besides the sun, moon, and a couple of meteors, that's the brightest object from space that I've ever seen.
JeffSFO wrote:and it always maintains the same heading at a constant velocity.
JeffSFO wrote:Speaking of the ISS, when are you going to provide us with some shots of it in solar transit?
ShanwickOceanic wrote:At least GF (who's lived in Finland all of her 34 years) can finally say she saw them...