Cali Moon, the Venus-Jupiter Conjunction and Star Photography

Full moon Cali Colombia - June 2015

I missed last night’s Venus – Jupiter conjunction which is too bad on several levels, not the least of which because they’re apparently much better seen and appreciated from near the equator. But I’ll be given a rare second chance tonight.

Via EarthSky:

On June 30 and July 1, 2015, look for the sky’s brightest and second-brightest planets to stage their closest conjunction until August, 2016. Venus and Jupiter will be less than one-half degree apart. That’s less than the moon’s diameter on our sky’s dome.

Venus is currently about to pass between the sun and Earth. It will sweep some 8 degrees S. of the sun on August 15. Meanwhile, Earth passed between Jupiter and the sun in February, 2015. So Jupiter and Venus are nowhere near each other in space.

And yet, as we look outward from Earth, we see these two planets aligned on nearly the same line of sight.

Google + users have posted some good shots; my favorite is this one taken by Petr Horálek at the Sec Reservoir in The Czech Republic.

New to star or evening photography? There’s more to it that just pointing your camera at the sky and hoping for the best. The best images require hours of post-processing, usually by combining several shots as layers in Photoshop. I don’t have or use Photoshop so you won’t find too many of those images here. So go to some of these sites instead where you’ll find tips for several techniques and styles:

I did get a few shots from the rooftop of the nearly full moon and a pleasantly perched bird enjoying the view. I’m hoping for more dramatic colors this evening.

For the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 534th straight, was snapped in Cali, Colombia on 30 June 2015.

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    1. Unfortunately, it won’t happen from my present location. There’s a big hill and long ridge not to far from here to the west, which blocks out the entire sunset horizon for me. Maybe another time. 🙂

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