Venus-Jupiter Conjunction March 2023 (and Moon)

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Venus-Jupiter Conjunction — looking West, shortly after Sunset

On March 1st and 2nd, had I been able to take photos through dense cloud cover and heavy wind-driven rain, I would have captured the much anticipated Venus-Jupiter Conjunction (LINK).

Alas, the heavens conspired against me . . . but said heavens must have taken pity on me because the following day (March 3rd) — despite having been overcast all day — they opened up for a brief glimpse at the event.

It was only for 10-15 minutes, but the sky cleared to reveal that — yes! — the planets had safely passed by each other without what would have been a spectacular — but disastrous — collision. The opening was enough for me to snap eight photos, four of which were good enough to share.

Monochrome version of the photo above.

The sky started out fairly bright but quickly darkened. The difference in the photos has more to do with me playing with the exposure and shutter speed than the actual changing light, but it’s still pretty close to what I experienced. And, yes, I processed each photo in both color and monochrome.

And here are the rest.

You can see from the last photo that the clouds mounted a surprise attack, and shortly after, the planets were hidden from view.

Again, not as spectacular as they would have been at the closest approach, but passable.

The next day, the yearly Command Day, the sky was clear, the air crisp, and the moon just hanging there, begging to be photographed.

The next four photos look the same, but they are, in fact, separate photos. I processed each differently to see which process best showed the structure, features, and texture of the nearly full moon.

This is a Ilford Pan 50 Film ‘look’

For all the above, the best way to view the photos is in SmugMug (HERE), or via the slideshow (HERE), and, as last resort, clicking on each individual image (it will open the image linked from SmugMug in a new tab or window).

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