Luna & The Planets

Since last weekend, I keep an eye on the Moon, Mars and Jupiter. Last Sunday, the two planets almost “touched” each other, they were so close from our view on Earth. The view distance was less than half of the Moon diameter.  This morning, the Moon was in a perfect position to capture a photo of all three celestial objects.


Luna, the Red Planet, and the Gas Giant danced together in today’s morning sky.

I always shrink my pictures to a medium size. Therefore you really can’t see Mars in this photo. For a better photo view, you might like to check out my link on Flickr:

Planet Jupiter ~ The Gas Giant

Tonight Jupiter is at opposition, which means it is directly opposite the sun in orbit. It is also near its closest distance to Earth this year. Jupiter appears bigger and brighter, tonight. Here is a photo of Jupiter, it’s Galilean Moons and Spica, the brightest star in the constellation Virgo.


Jupiter, its Galilean Moons, and Spica

The Gas Giant And The Waning Gibbous Moon

After the rain, it was nice to see a clear sky at this morning again. I made it a habit over the years, to look up in the sky and see, if I can make out some constellations, the phases of the Moon, and where some of the planets are at that time of the day. At this morning, I saw the waning gibbous Moon really close by Jupiter and Spica, which is the brightest star in the constellation Virgo. I snapped a photo, before I had to bring Sara to school. Since I was too lazy to get the tripod ready, I did a handheld photo. The price I paid: I don’t have a good photo with Spica in it. Long exposure had fixed that problem. But it was a beautiful sight, and I wanted to share the photo of the Gas Giant and the Moon.


Jupiter and the Waning Gibbous Moon (02-15-2017)

Rendezvous With Venus

Tonight the waxing crescent Moon is very close to the two planets, Mars and Venus. It looks like Venus has a hard time to decide, who she wants to take for a dance at the Celestial Ball. “Why not both,” she wondered. She takes Moon and Mars by the hands, and all three dance into the western night sky.


The Waxing Crescent Moon, Mars, and Venus (01-31-2017)