The Half-Astrophysicist Blog

Spica Joins the Planet Party…

Between clouds and a trip out of town, it has been a while since I have been able to check in on the ongoing dance of the planets in the west.  Saturn is getting pretty low in the sky at sunset now and you have to be quick to see it.  Saturn is not up in a really dark sky right now, so you are also fighting twilight.  I barely got Saturn tonight.

Click to enlarge.  Saturn is sitting just above a palm tree next to the tall spooky tree.  Saturn is the one on the right.  The bright one to the left of Saturn is a plane.  This was a fairly short exposure and the plane was moving pretty much away from me, so it didn’t leave a streak.  The bright one is Venus of course.  Above Venus is the star Spica, the brightest star in Virgo.  They are very close together separated by about a pinky width held at arms length (about a degree).  Mars is directly to the right of Spica.

You can go out and see this gathering the next few nights.  I will leave you with a shot of Venus, Spica and Mars.

September 1, 2010 - Posted by | Astrophotography, Observing, Solar System

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