Friday, January 02, 2009

Well, first post of 2009, had a busy christmas and new year, not been feeling too well though due winter bugs that have been doing the rounds.

Managed to take some photos over the past month or so but didn't get around to posting them, first is a shot of Venus and Jupiter just after sunset....

Venus is the brighter object to the left, taken 6th December.

Next a photo of Venus and the moon....

This image was taken 30th December, Jupiter moved on a few weeks ago, it is scenes such as this that make it clear that the ancients wondered about these objects in the sky which seemed to defy the "rules" which the rest of the stars followed.

Of course the word planet was Greek (I think) for wanderer, as these objects appeared to wander through the sky.

I don't remember Venus being as observable as this, prior views have been of it setting just after the Sun, of course I do have large gaps in my observing over the past 40 years :o)



  1. Mitch: Great photos! It was difficult to ignore Venus and Jupiter last month. Happy new year to you and here's to your improved health in the new year.

  2. Jeff,

    A happy new year to you also!

    Yes Venus and Jupiter made for a stunning view early in the evenings and Venus is getting higher in the skies while Jupiter sped off.

    I don't recall events quite like it, do you?