Posts Tagged ‘Venus’

Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades

Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades

Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades

I took this shot on March 26, 2012 at around 7:30pm.  It was during the conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and the Crescent Moon.  What was cool about this set-up was that I could also get the Pleiades in the same frame.  This was taken with my Nikon D300.  ISO-1600  f/5.6 for 5 seconds.  From bottom to top:  Jupiter, Venus, the Moon and the Pleiades.

Amazing Winter Planetary Alignment

Looking West on February 25, 2012

If you love seeing spectacular celestial bodies getting close to one another, then get ready!  Just after sunset on February 25, 2012 there will be an amazing winter planetary alignment.   It really doesn’t get any easier than this my fellow space fans. Here are your instructions: when the sun goes down on February 25th, put your winter coat on (optional), go outside, take a deep breath, look to the west and say WOW!

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What is the Closest Planet to Earth – Mars, Venus, or Mercury?

Planet Mars

Planet Earth is the third planet closes to the sun.  Using the old saying, “My Very Educated Mother Just Served Us Nine Pizzas,” it can be remembered that the order of the planets goes like this: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto (if you consider it to be a planet).  Accordingly, it would seem as though either Venus or Mars would be the closes planet to Earth.  But which is it?

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Clouds on Venus Made of Sulfuric Acid

venus-cloudsLike Earth, and many other planets, Venus has an atmosphere.  It even includes clouds and other atmospheric objects that Earth has as well. Some clouds on Venus include sulfuric acid in their composition, although recently it has become known that sulfuric acid actually only makes up a small percentage of the clouds on Venus.

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