The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Morning Planets

Just a quick post.  May features four morning planets.  I managed to see three of them this morning.  Jupiter is the highest, Venus to its lower right, and Mercury still farther to the lower right.  Here are two pics: first a wide angle shot then a close up taken with a 300mm zoom lens.

Mars is below and to the left, but I got up too late to see it this morning.  Mars is not as bright and was overwhelmed by the approaching sunrise.

This morning gathering of planets is better seen from the southern hemisphere. I briefly discussed the reason for this in my previous post.  The gathering continues for the next couple of weeks for early risers.  Now to see if I can drag myself out of bed even earlier to catch Mars before it gets too bright!

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May 11, 2011 - Posted by | Astrophotography, Observing, Solar System

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