Venus and Mercury close together after sunset tonight.

Venus and Mercury in a sky shading from dark blue to yellow, with bands of gray clouds.

Venus and Mercury close together after sunset tonight. I lucked out in that I remembered they were going to be visible when I got to the store on the way home, and the parking lot was both wide and slightly uphill from the western side of the street, giving me a clear view, and the sky had just darkened enough to see both, and the clouds were just wispy enough not to block them.

As it is, I still had to crop out a street light and its lens flare to get this photo, or I would have framed it better.

But hey, it’s not often you get to see Mercury from a city at all, never mind right next to another planet!

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Venus and Mercury Above the Trees

Venus and Mercury Above the Trees

I walked out of the office building this evening and just stopped. There, framed by the treetops along the street and the awning and wall of the next building over, was clearly Venus, which I hadn’t seen in months (since the last time it was visible in the evening), and below it a pinprick that, unless I’m mistaken, was Mercury (which I’ve only *ever* seen on a handful of occasions).

Planetary Triangle

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Last night I had a perfect view of the conjunction of Jupiter, Venus and Mercury, but only a phone. Tonight I had a more obstructed view, but I think the power lines ended up making it a bit more interesting than a plain photo with this camera would have been.

It’s also astonishing how quickly Mercury moves. No wonder they named it after the god of speed.

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Planetary triangle. I had a clear view of the Jupiter, Mercury and Venus conjunction last night, but couldn’t get a picture with my phone. Tonight I had a camera, but power lines hung in front of the only view I had. (I didn’t have time to go looking for another spot.) It makes for an interesting effect, though, doesn’t it?

Planetary triangle. I had a clear view of the Jupiter, Mercury and Venus conjunction last night, but couldn’t get a picture with my phone. Tonight I had a camera, but power lines hung in front of the only view I had. (I didn’t have time to go looking for another spot.) It makes for an interesting effect, though, doesn’t it? #sky #nightsky #planets #stargazing #venus #mercury #jupiter #notaphone #conjunction #astronomy

Planetary triangle. I had a clear view of the Jupiter, Mercury and Venus conjunction last night, but couldn’t get a picture with my phone. Tonight I had a camera, but power lines hung in front of the only view I had. (I didn’t have time to go looking for another spot.) It makes for an interesting effect, though, doesn’t it? #sky #nightsky #planets #stargazing #venus #mercury #jupiter #notaphone #conjunction #astronomy

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