Moon and Mars
Tonight the Moon was about 7½° from Mars and despite having the conjunction blues, I thought it worth a picture, despite the hazy sky. Mars was still looking bright at magnitude -0.3, although considerably less than it was in October, when it was shining five times brighter at it’s mag -2.4 peak.
Do not take any notice of astrologers who attribute meaning to a conjunction. The effect on this world of other solar system objects is zero.
Near the horizon, Jupiter and Saturn were obscured by early clouds (of course) and had already gone behind the trees by this time. I have officially given up on this Grand Conjunction. I caught it last night but by the time the clouds revealed them it was already passing behind a tree and so any images I got will be pretty useless.
I suppose I now need to add one of those countdown widget thingy, for the next Grand Conjunction on 4th November 2040. I can’t wait….
|Camera:||Canon 60D, 70mm lens.|
|Exposure:||1 second; f/2.8; ISO 250.|
|Field of View:||About 28.8° x 19.5°.|
Images © Roger Powell
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