Monday 1 December 2008

Venus, Jupiter and Moon

I had completely forgotten about the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter this evening, until Phil kindly texted me to say Venus was 'showing well' below the moon. I think the spectacle was only visible for around an hour before setting in the southwest. I went up to the seafront for a look and it was stunning. The crescent moon, Venus and Jupiter all very close together and casting a lovely orange glow on the sea. Apparently this is the closest Venus and Jupiter will be until the year 2052. Glad I didn't miss it. If you're reading this THANKS Phil!! :-)

I tried to take some pictures but they don't do it much justice, you'll get an idea though. I suppose you had to be there!
I also had a look at Jupiter through my scope and could see three of its moons quite clearly too.

Venus just below the crescent moon

Stunning view from the Yacht Club this evening.

1 comment:

Gavin Haig said...

Very nice! I too got Phil's helpful text, but when I rushed outside the moon was nowhere to be seen. If I had realised it would be an inch above the southern horizon I might have bothered to toddle down the seafront. Ah well, not long to wait till it happens again...