Apr 022012

This shot was magnified and cropped to better show Jupiter, the Moon, and Venus above.

On the evening of 25 March 2012 the Crescent Moon passed close to Jupiter in the sky and above was the planet Venus. Jeff Delmas captured this view with his CCD camera. On the evening of 26 March 2012 the Moon was even with Venus and Jupiter shined below the Moon and Venus. Click on the picture to get a better View

Nov 262011

25 November 2011, 23:00-1:00 U.T.

Watched Jupiter’s Moon Europa approach the planet for a transit and later casting a shadow on the face of the planet.

Earlier saw Venus in its gibbous phase and Venus rises in the sky as our evening star.

Last, I showed the Pleiades under low power with my 3.5 inch Orion Refractor and low power wide angle eyepiece to a neighbor, capture most of the bright stars in the cluster.

Although there were a few clouds and there was much light pollution to deal with, it was a moonless night with fairly stable viewing conditions and moderate temperatures.

Observations were made from my condo on Water’s Edge Lane in Madison Town Center.

Doug Horacek
Resident Astronomer
Von Braun Astronomical Society