Venus and Jupiter Meet
The two brightest planets paired up in the morning twilight.
SkyNews editor Terence Dickinson captured this view of the planetary pairing from his home in Yarker, Ontario. (Venus is on the left, Jupiter the right.) He notes, “the haze may be lingering smoke from the Northwest Territories forest fires.” He used a 24mm lens for this shot.
On the morning of August 18, Venus and Jupiter had their closest encounter in 14 years. At mid-conjunction they were only 12 arc minutes apart, however, by the time the duo rose in North America, the planets had drifted away from each other slightly. Even so, they were separated by less than the width of a full Moon. The pair will remain near neighbours for the next week or so. (See This Week’s Sky for details.)
On the West Coast, SkyNews website editor Gary Seronik imaged the conjunction from Victoria, British Columbia. He used a 200mm (equivalent) lens for this close-up view.
SkyNews associate editor Alan Dyer provided the prairie perspective. This shot was taken from his Alberta home and is a single, 2-second exposure at f/2 and ISO 400 with a 135mm lens.
Steve Irvine captured this view from just north of Owen Sound, Ontario, with Georgian Bay in the foreground. He reports, “At 5:20 a.m. the eastern sky was cloudy, but gradually clearing, and by 5:40 we could see the conjunction.” He used a 80mm lens set to f/5.6, at ISO 200.
Using a Canon PowerShot SX50 camera, Gerhard Salhenegger was able to capture the scene from Gold Lake, north of Buckhorn and Peterborough, Ontario.