APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

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APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby APOD Robot » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:06 am

Image Conjunction Over Reunion Island

Explanation: You don't have to be on Reunion Island to see this week's planetary conjunction. Only if you want to see this picturesque seascape as well. To see the conjunction from just about anywhere in the world, look to the west after sunset. The first planet you may notice is Venus, the brightest object in the western sky. Above Venus, the second brightest object is Jupiter. The hardest planet to spot is Mercury, which is visible only briefly after sunset as a faint dot just above the horizon. Picturesque rocks leading out from Reunion Island to the Indian Ocean populate the foreground of the above picture. Taken last week, the distant planets Venus and Jupiter were joined by a bright crescent Moon, which has now moved away.

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Beyond » Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:14 am

Well of course they're close together. They 'are' over Reunion Island :yes: :mrgreen:
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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Ann » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:03 am

Beyond wrote:Well of course they're close together. They 'are' over Reunion Island :yes: :mrgreen:


You said it! :D :D :D

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Wolf Kotenberg » Wed Mar 07, 2012 6:11 am

Tomorrow we are scheduled to have clear skies . I will check to see if this is a painting !

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby revloren » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:00 am

This picture seemed reversed...until I realized that it was the southern hemisphere! ooops. :oops: :P I think that it would take me some getting used to the sky if I ever travel south of the equator. Here's to dreaming! :wink:

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Is Mercury visible? » Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:36 am

Is Mercury visible in the image?

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Guest » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:27 am

revloren wrote:This picture seemed reversed...until I realized that it was the southern hemisphere! ooops. :oops: :P I think that it would take me some getting used to the sky if I ever travel south of the equator. Here's to dreaming! :wink:


What I loved the most of my trip to Argentina last summer was to see the southern sky! I was expecting to see the Southern Cross and different constelations, but I was not prepared to see a reversed moon :shock: And also the climate! Its difficult to get used to the fact that the cold winds come from the south and the hot winds come from the north, and that the proper way to build a house if you want to get the most sun is orienting it to the north!

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Steve Dutch » Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:42 pm

"but I was not prepared to see a reversed moon."

When I saw the Moon from the Southern Hemisphere, my first thought was "That's weird - it looks right side up." I'm use to the inverted telescopic view.

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby starstruck » Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:02 pm

APOD Robot wrote:You don't have to be on Reunion Island to see this week's planetary conjunction.

. . . maybe not, but it sure would be nice!

Wolf Kotenberg wrote:Tomorrow we are scheduled to have clear skies . I will check to see if this is a painting !

. . . Good one Wolf! Here, have an iced one . . :b:

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby JohnColes » Wed Mar 07, 2012 2:34 pm

.....a little later in the evening and Mars (burning red), Venus and Jupiter were all visible, not to mention a crescent moon.

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Case » Wed Mar 07, 2012 7:43 pm

Ignacio wrote:Is Mercury visible in the image?

I don't think so; not visible, but the position of Mercury is afaik inside the photo frame. If my calculations are correct, then Mercury’s position should be in the bright patch on the left, just above the horizon (circled in the image below).
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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby orin stepanek » Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:05 pm

I like today's picture but it doesn't make a good wallpaper shot. That's OK though; it is still worth looking at! 8-)
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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby FloridaMike » Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:18 pm

orin stepanek wrote:I like today's picture but it doesn't make a good wallpaper shot. That's OK though; it is still worth looking at! 8-)



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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Chris Peterson » Wed Mar 07, 2012 11:38 pm

orin stepanek wrote:I like today's picture but it doesn't make a good wallpaper shot. That's OK though; it is still worth looking at! 8-)

The image is so abstract and devoid of scale you can arbitrarily resize it and it still works. You'd hardly detect the distortion. The Moon's a little funky, but it's kind of an interesting effect.

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby orin stepanek » Thu Mar 08, 2012 12:30 am

Thanks Chris; that works for me. :thumb_up: :yes: :-D
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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby geckzilla » Thu Mar 08, 2012 2:56 am

Chris Peterson wrote:
orin stepanek wrote:I like today's picture but it doesn't make a good wallpaper shot. That's OK though; it is still worth looking at! 8-)

The image is so abstract and devoid of scale you can arbitrarily resize it and it still works. You'd hardly detect the distortion. The Moon's a little funky, but it's kind of an interesting effect.

conjunction1_perrot_960_wp.jpg



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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Beyond » Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:19 am

Wow, geckzilla, you've really broadened your horizon :!: Say, can you do that with the spam smilie also :?: :?: I like to watch it do it's thing, it's just so 8-)
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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby lup974 » Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:22 am

Hello everybody,
Rather than distort a photo :o , here is a horizontal version. It is less painful for the eyes :D
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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Is Mercury visible? » Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:55 am

Case wrote:
Ignacio wrote:Is Mercury visible in the image?

I don't think so; not visible, but the position of Mercury is afaik inside the photo frame. If my calculations are correct, then Mercury’s position should be in the bright patch on the left, just above the horizon (circled in the image below).
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Thank you Case,
Wonderfull work with the image!

Ignacio

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby yellowbag » Thu Mar 08, 2012 4:27 pm

this picture is strange. where i live, in southeastern quebec, venus is on the right and jupiter is above and left to venus. is this because this picture is from the idian ocean? please explain anyone.

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby YPmule » Fri Mar 09, 2012 12:05 am

Conjunction by moon light from central Idaho March 4 (Mercury is either behind the hill or lost in the sunset.)

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Chris Peterson » Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:53 am

yellowbag wrote:this picture is strange. where i live, in southeastern quebec, venus is on the right and jupiter is above and left to venus. is this because this picture is from the idian ocean? please explain anyone.

Currently, Venus is just slightly north of the ecliptic (right of it when you're facing west), and Jupiter is just slightly south of it (left when you're facing west). If you were in southern Florida, you'd see the ecliptic going straight up from the western horizon, overhead, and down to the eastern horizon, so you'd see Venus just to the right of Jupiter. Heading north, the ecliptic would tilt increasingly towards the south (up and left when facing west), so Venus would seem farther to the right of Jupiter. But if you traveled south, the ecliptic would tilt the other way- to the north, or up and right. So you'd start seeing Jupiter to the right of Venus. Of course, no matter where you were, Jupiter would remain east (above) Venus.
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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby Case » Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:31 pm

YPmule wrote:Conjunction by moon light from central Idaho March 4 (Mercury is either behind the hill or lost in the sunset.)
120304Jupiter-and-Venus-by-M.jpg

Lovely photo! I think Mercury is behind one of the trees, just above a hill, lost in in the glow anyway.

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Re: APOD: Conjunction Over Reunion Island (2012 Mar 07)

Postby YPmule » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:18 pm

Case wrote:
YPmule wrote:Conjunction by moon light from central Idaho March 4 (Mercury is either behind the hill or lost in the sunset.)
120304Jupiter-and-Venus-by-M.jpg

Lovely photo! I think Mercury is behind one of the trees, just above a hill, lost in in the glow anyway.


Thank you - yes that is where we thought Mercury was located. Your annotation is remarkable.


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