Planetary paparazzi!

Get your cameras out tonight and Monday night to snap a photo of Jupiter and the Moon together. Sunday Jupiter is one fist width held at arm’s length. On Monday they will be right next to each other. Try to get a photo with any camera you have. Hold it steady using a tripod or hold it tightly against a support – here I’ve used the roof rack on my Subaru! Jupiter is near the center of the frame, to the left of the Moon.

Click to enlarge to see Jupiter and Moon in the evening sky.

Click to enlarge to see Jupiter and Moon in the evening sky.


Then I took another photo – handheld at 3x zoom, so Jupiter is more of a line than a dot.
Moon with Jupiter to the lower left - Canon A40 handheld 3x zoom. Click to enlarge to see Jupiter.

Moon with Jupiter to the lower left – Canon A40 handheld 3x zoom. Click to enlarge to see Jupiter.


The camera calculated the exposures – both turned out to be 1/8 of a second. the longer the exposure, the more the Moon will be a blob, but the brighter Jupiter will be.

Even if you will have clear skies on Monday night – try it tonight to see how it comes out with different zoom settings and become a Planetary Paparazzi!

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