Saturday, March 17, 2012

Celestial Beauties

If you have been looking up at the skies these past week you can't miss the 2 bright stars at night.
It's not uncommon to sight planets with the naked eye but conjunction of planets rarely happen so close to each other.

Venus and Jupiter are visible in the night skies now and will be around till the end of the month.

Click on the picture for a detailed view.

Not being astrologically inclined, I read about it some time ago in National Geographic but had all but forgotten till last Thursday night when I was down at Marina Bay to shoot the iLight exhibits. It had rained each evening all week but there was a break last Thursday. I was lucky to shoot the stars.

The planets can be clearly seen looking towards the North. The brighter of the 2 stars is Venus on the right and Jupiter is the dimmer one on the left. (Photo top right corner)

If you live on top of a high rise, you may also see Mercury towards the bottom right of the pair if you have a clear view of the horizon.
If you are really keen, note that besides Venus and Jupiter, the crescent moon will also appear beside the 2 bright stars on 25th & 26th March.
If you miss this opportunity, you may have to wait till 2015 for it to happen again.