Moon, Venus and Jupiter - 2 (2012)
On the morning of 2012 July 14 (MST), the crescent Moon and the planets Venus and Jupiter made an attractive conjunction in the constellation Taurus. The observatory dome in the foreground is Bifrost Astronomical Observatory in Portal, AZ.
The Moon is the brightest object at the top of the photo. To the upper left of the Moon is the small "dipper-shaped" Pleiades star cluster. The bright object to the left of the observatory dome (shining through the clouds) is the planet Venus. To the upper right of Venus is Aldebaran the brightest star in Taurus and one of the 50 Brightest Star in the sky. Also visible near Aldebaran is the V-shaped Hyades star cluster. About half way between bright Venus and the Moon is the planet Jupiter
- Object: Moon, Venus and Jupiter - 2 (2012)
- Date/Time: 2012 July 14 at 11:10 UTC
- Location: Bifrost Astronomical Observatory, Portal, AZ
- Mount: Bogen 3001 Tripod
- Lens: Nikkor 18-105 VR at 52 mm
- Camera: Nikon D90
- Exposure: 10s, f/4.8, ISO 3200
- File Name: MoonVenus12-0514w.jpg
- Processing (Adobe Camera Raw): Exposure Adjustment, Noise Reduction
- Original Image Size: 2848 x 4288 pixels (12.2 MP); 9.5" x 14.3" @ 300 dpi
- Rights: Copyright 2012 by Fred Espenak. All Rights Reserved. See: Image Licensing.