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Conjunction of Venus and Antares (Oct 16, 2021)

The conjunction of bright Venus (then approaching its greatest elongation from the Sun two weeks later) above dimmer redder Antares in Scorpius on the evening of October 16, 2021. The two objects were 1.5° apart this evening, but from my latitude of 51° N were low in the southwest embedded in the bright twilight.

 

This is a single 1.3-second exposure with the 24-105mm lens and the Canon Ra in 1.6x cropped-frame mode for an effective focal length of 170mm. Shot from home in Alberta. Diffraction spikes added for artistic effect with Astronomy Tools actions.

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Taken on October 16, 2021