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Kepler meets two Planets

The bright planets Venus and Jupiter shine in the evening sky behind the Kepler memorial in Linz, Austria. Kepler, who has discovered the fundamental laws of planetary motion, lived and worked in Linz from 1612 until 1627, longer than at any other place in his eventful life. Amongst others, he discovered the 3rd of his famous rules of planetary motion and published his work Harmonices Mundi libri V during that time.

 

Single 30 second exposure with Canon EOS 550D, ISO 800, 11mm, f/4.5 and Cokin P056 star filter. Foreground illuminated with a flashlight. I had to lay down the Camera (and myself :) ) on the ground to get the two planets in the right position.

 

This photo is featured in the TWAN guest gallery (and was even showcased on the TWAN front page for some time) and in the April 2012 issue of the French astronomy magazine "La Veillée di nuit".

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Taken on March 10, 2012