Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter – 2

The conjunction climaxed on 1st July 2015 with a separation of around 0.4 degree.

The first two pictures below were taken through my Meade LX-90 telescope. They are both uncropped – I couldn’t believe how well these two planets fitted into the frame!

2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter with Moons In Telescope
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter with Moons In Telescope. Longer exposure to show Io & Callisto (upper) and Ganymede (lower).
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter in Telescope
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter in Telescope. Shorter exposure to show the Venus crescent and Jupiter’s Equatorial Belts.

The remaining images were taken with the camera on a tripod:

2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Twilight Wide
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter: Twin Pinponts Above the Tree in Twilight
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Twilight Narrow
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Twilight Narrow Field
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Square
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Narrow Field
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Setting 3
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Setting (Left) Wide Field
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter In West
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter In West Narrow Field
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter With Aircraft Flyby
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter With Aircraft Flyby
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Setting 2
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Setting (right) Above Tree, Wide Field
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Setting 1
2015-07-01 Venus & Jupiter Setting Above Tree, Wide Field

The two planets may have appeared close from our vantage point – but Venus was “only” 77 million km away, whilst Jupiter was much further, at about 910 million km from Earth.

Some opinions have expressed that this was an extremely rare event which last happened in the year 3BCE. Disregard this. Conjunctions of these two planets occur nearly every year. This was a good one, though.


All images © R.Powell

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