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Conjunction of Jupiter and our Moon

February 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

After our visit to Peggy`s Cove yesterday to photograph the sunset I was just minding my own business loitering in the living room when Laura pointed out a bright planet beside our moon. I was not prepared for this phenomenon but when I put my binoculars on it, 18X50 IS, I spotted four moons around the planet, so our bright planet had to be Jupiter.

Photographing these guys is a challenge since Jupiter and its moons requires a lot more light than the moon. I took my exposure readings about half way between Jupiter and the Moon so the moon is consequently severely overexposed but it matters not. All four Galilean moons were framed. I identifed them using an online tracker in order of the diameter of their orbits; Callisto, Ganymede, Io and Europa. These moons make great names for pets.

Here is a captioned photograph of the four moons and Jupiter, all taken on February 23, 2016 about 9PM: Captioned Moons of Jupiter February 23, 2016Captioned Moons of Jupiter February 23, 2016

Here`s four more photos with con trails included for effect:

Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016 Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016 Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016 Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016Jupiter-Moon Conjuction February 23, 2016

I also took some unsuccessful photographs of the Hunger Moon, also taken yesterday. The Hunger Moon is aptly named as the month of the year when early settlers ran out of preserves and salted meat and became hungry, or so its said:


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