Venus and Jupiter Converging
Each night, Venus and Jupiter are converging closer, heading toward conjunction on June 30.
This was Venus (right) and Jupiter (centre) with Regulus at left, in a cloudy twilight sky on Friday, June 12, as Venus and Jupiter converge toward their close conjunction in the evening sky on June 30.
Be sure to watch each night as the two brightest planets in the sky creep closer and closer together. Mark June 19 and 20 on your calendar, as that’s when the waxing crescent Moon will join the duo.
I shot this from near Vulcan, Alberta, after delivering an evening program at the Trek Centre in Vulcan as a guest speaker. Clouds prevented us from seeing anything in the sky at the public event, but on my way home skies cleared enough to reveal the two bright planets in the twilight.
I stopped at an abandoned farmyard I had scouted out earlier in the evening, to serve as a photogenic backdrop.
This is a high dynamic range stack of three bracketed exposures, one stop apart, to record detail in both the dark foreground as well as in the bright sky.
— Alan, June 13, 2015 / © 2015 Alan Dyer / www.amazingsky.com