Jupiter & Saturn
Wide Field View
Last night’s view of the impending conjunction, far left, with the gap narrowing to 1° 41′. Jupiter is the brighter and lower of the two planets.
The refracted arced flaring near the two planets originates from the over-bright street light just outside the left margin and the white light near the bottom is a motor bike moving off. Welcome to my observatory!
I thought the image looked better with the target positioned on the left hand side of the field of view, forgetting that the planets might be distorted a bit by using a wide angle lens. Close inspection gives a false impression of trailing. However, the image provides some context to the conjunction event.
The conjunction is an event of perspective which occurs every 19.6 years due to Jupiter overtaking Saturn as they both orbit the Sun – and it will have no influence whatsoever on any events here on Earth. Any good or bad fortune which occurs can neither be attributed to the orbiting planets or your birth date. Nevertheless, I am sure the astrologers will be working overtime with their silly predictions. 😩
|Exposure:||Canon 60D; 19mm; 2.5 sec; f/4; ISO 800|
|Field of View:||Roughly 90° x 65°|
Images © Roger Powell
I’m a founder member of Macarthur Astronomical Society