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When the Stars Align

When the Stars Align
There has been big talk in the astronomy circles for the past several days and weeks about Venus and Jupiter coming into close alignment.  I think I remember reading somewhere that it was to be within half a degree of each other.  Well, the peak was just last night and I was able to capture a shot before the planets sank out of sight.

Venus and Jupiter only line up like this once every several years.  The last occurrence was in 1818 and the next will be in 2065.  This is when next all three planets involved (Earth as well) will line up for this rare phenomenon of the solar system. (source may be found here)

Thanks to the extra long daylight hours, and scheduled evening activities, we almost missed the conjunction of the two planets in the heavens.  When we remembered, they were about to sink out of visible range for us and there was no time to get out to a darker area for a better exposure.

Cramer Imaging's professional quality nature photograph of rare astronomical conjunction of Venus and Jupiter in the night sky in Pocatello, Bannock, Idaho
Thanks to the "baseball bat" extreme telephoto lens we have, I was able to get close in and show just how close yet just how far away the planets were from each other.

Due to the extremely sensitive nature of the lens, there is no way that this 3 second exposure would have happened without my trusty tripod and cable release.  Things were so sensitive that we could not even be walking nearby or else the image would blur.

Thanks to the weather over the past couple of days, there was an inordinate amount of haze present which was making things difficult.  Much of the time I was trying for the shot, one or both planets were hidden behind clouds.  I was lucky to get this shot in before the planets set.