Wandering through the realms of the cosmos, pondering its huge vastness

Moon and Venus – February 24, 2012

Taken at 6:25 pm from the Gonzales Hall of UP Diliman (Photo details: 7mm,  f/3.7, 1/8 sec. exposure at ISO 100)

Conjunctions of the moon and the planets are quite special events.

Image taken at 6:43 pm (Photo details: 6mm,  f/3.5, 8 sec. exposure at ISO 100)

A conjunction is an alignment of 2 or more celestial bodies (usually the moon and planets) in the sky, from our vantage point on Earth. The objects aren’t necessarily physically close to each other in space, but from where we see them, when the bodies are grouped close together on the sky we call them in conjunction.

When the objects get so close together that one passes in front of the other from our vantage point, we call that an occultation.

A conjunction doesn’t have any particularly special meaning, but they can be interesting to observe because very close conjunctions are quite rare events. It can be very exciting to see two planets in the same field of view of your telescope!

Not only that, but conjunctions, especially with the moon and/or bright planets are involved, are just a lovely spectacle to look at and photograph.

On February 25-26, the crescent Moon will join the other two brightest objects in the night sky to form a spectacular celestial grouping during and after twilight! They’re just a few degrees apart at the time of twilight in the west.

This will be a lovely sight to see.

Clear skies! :)

All photos were taken by me using Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH2 digital camera.

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2 responses

  1. starsky

    Thanks for the updates and info on your blog :). Looking forward to see this tonight. What is best time (Philippine time) to view it?

    February 26, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    • starsky

      Saw it between 6:30PM-8:30PM (Manila time). What a lovely sight! ^.^ Thank you universe for the clear skies tonight :D. (ok, it seems that i’m talking to myself now. lol)

      February 26, 2012 at 8:36 pm

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