Moon and Jupiter conjunction

moon-jupiter

Monday, January 21, 2013 brought the best chance in years to see two of the brightest objects in the sky posed side by side. The moon and the planet Jupiter were less than one degree apart, which won’t happen again until 2026. That distance is about the width of your little finger, held out at arm’s length. It's not a perfect target for my optical setup, but you can see the edge of the moon, and if you click on the image to make it larger you can see some faint bands on the surface of Jupiter and a hint of two of Jupiter's moons. Taken with the Hyperion Astrograph, this is an 8/10 of a second exposure through a hydrogen-alpha filter to cut down on the brilliant light of the moon. 

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