• Venus
  • Jupiter
  • Wat een zoom zeg! - Chikorita
  • You didn't know this one? ;-) - (Erik)
  • Perhaps the thin crescent moon ;-)

Close Encounter: Venus - Jupiter - Moon

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Soon after sunset on Monday 1 December 2008, the world will be treated to a grand spectacle in the western sky. The brightest planet in the sky, Venus, will have a close encounter with the second brightest planet, Jupiter, as viewed from Earth. The two planets will appear just 2.0° apart at their closest at 9h UT on 1 December. Joining in on the tight Venus-Jupiter formation will be the young crescent Moon, which together with its Earthshine, will produce a wonderful celestial display that will be visible all around the world. Unfortunality the sky wasn't clear for me. But today 2 December the view of the Venus-Jupiter formation could still bee seen. Lucky the sky was partly clear here in Amsterdam. The apparent relative positions of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon will vary somewhat depending upon where people view the event on the Earth. Jupiter and Venus look like they have been drawing closer together over the past month. But in three dimensions the planets are actually separated by nearly 500 million miles (805 million kilometers).
Of the eight official planets in the solar system, five are visible at night without the aid of a telescope or binoculars. Jupiter and Venus are particularly bright, partly because both have highly reflective clouds that completely envelop them, but also because Venus is Earth's closest neighbor while Jupiter is the largest planet in the solar system.

Photo taken on 2nd of December 2008 at 17:31 in Amsterdam, using my camera's maximum 18 x optical zoom or 648mm, ISO 200 and 1/60s (no tripod used - spot metering). Easy to locate just after sunset in the southwestern sky.

2 december 2008 - Vanavond staat de maan linksboven de twee heldere planeten Venus en Jupiter. Dit was zichtbaar vanaf 18.00 uur in het zuidzuidwesten. Op 1 december werd de planeet Venus bedekt door de maan. De grote zeldzaamheid van Venusbedekkingen aan een donkere hemel wordt veroorzaakt doordat Venus vanaf de aarde nooit meer dan 46 booggraden van de zon verwijderd staat. Samenstanden van Venus met andere hemellichamen hebben dus meestal overdag plaats, maar ze zijn tegen de daglichthemel moeilijk te zien. De frequentie is gemiddeld eens per drie jaar. Je hebt overdag een verrekijker nodig en moet bovendien weten in welke hemelstreek je moet zoeken naar de bleke maansikkel en het lichtpuntje van Venus. Helaas 1 december de hele dag bewolkt. Maar vandaag waren de twee heldere planeten Venus en Jupiter duidelijk zichtbaar met blote oog. Met een goede verrekijker kunt u minstens drie maantjes van Jupiter zien, twee (Ganymedes en Io) links van de planeet en eentje (Callisto) rechts. Het vierde maantje (Europa) staat tot 17.45 uur dicht tegen Jupiters rechterkant en gaat dan schuil achter de planeet.
Op 4 december en 31 december 2008 komt er een herkansing:
www.flickr.com/groups/de_doka/discuss/72157610674766618/

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  1. BlissBohemian 76 months ago | reply

    prachtig de donkere nacht opgelicht door de tango der planeten,
    aantrekken en afstoten
    mooi .......

  2. Bella Adelle [deleted] 76 months ago | reply

    brilliant! composition is perfect....perfect perfect!

  3. marien.b 76 months ago | reply

    Es una gran fotografía

  4. Hélder Cotrim 76 months ago | reply

    Very nice, like a lesson.
    I received your picture from a friend of mine in Amsterdam, talking me about this trio, that I hadn't noticed yet.
    You pictures are an excelent teaching moment.
    Thank you.

  5. Kobus* 76 months ago | reply

    Heel mooi!

  6. _Josselien_ 75 months ago | reply

    Zo, dat is echt wat voor Ben hè!! Jij blij :-)
    Mooi hoor!

  7. jalalspages 75 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Jalalspages Extra Terrestrial Album(Post1/Comment2), and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  8. absolutenonsense- 69 months ago | reply

    sad moon ):
    - 100!

  9. Forestalx 68 months ago | reply

    Good idea view it on large and black. :)

  10. Adrianworld 66 months ago | reply

    ) :

    he's sad

    I like it!

  11. 54StorminWillyGJ54 54 months ago | reply

    beautiful...this is out of this world!

  12. floydian4u 54 months ago | reply

    Is it true that i,ve heard that Jupiter is going to look blue over the next fed days?

  13. setyhsthaegdef 36 months ago | reply

    this is so much better than mine :(

  14. JoeCow 21 months ago | reply

    Very good Pictures!! :) <3

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