Wow – planets lineup!

Just happened to wake up at 6am and glanced out to see the stunning line of bright objects in the eastern sky.  These are bright objects for everyone, not just astronomers!  Here’s some photos to try to show how awesome this was….. the first one was taken with a phone cam!

Taken with a Samsung Galaxy S3

Taken with a hand-held Samsung Galaxy S3.   The Moon and Venus are the brightest objects, and Jupiter and much fainter Mars between them.

And here’s the same scene with my wonderful Canon XS on a tripod….

Longer exposure gives a better idea of how this scene looks to the unaided eye.....

Longer exposure gives a better idea of how this scene looks to the unaided eye…..

From lower left to upper right: Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Regulus. Canon XS on tripod 1/2 second exposure at f/11 ISO-800 55mm lens.

From lower left to upper right: Moon, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Regulus. Canon XS on tripod 1/2 second exposure at f/11 ISO-800 55mm lens.

And while I was out there, I used the telephoto lens to catch the earthshine on the crescent moon.

IMG_9983

and Jupiter and its moon in the telephoto lens….

Portion of larger photo 232mm zoom lens 1 second ISO-800

Portion of larger photo 232mm zoom lens 1 second ISO-800

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