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Shared Alignment

Every year or so the orbital geometry of Jupiter and Venus set things up that make them appear very close together in the night sky. I planned my trip to Smith Rock State Park just right and was fortunate enough to have an incredible break in the weather. This is a mosaic, or panorama, of 9 images stitched together for your viewing pleasure. The bright planets are visible just above the bright curve of Smith Rock, Venus being the brighter of the two, Pleiades just above them, Sirius to the left of that, and the head of Taurus to the left of that. Ever wonder why the Milky Way is curving in mosaics such as these? Head on over to the Bad Astronomy Blog and Philip Plait will fill you in:


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Taken on March 19, 2012