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Astronomy Picture of the Day -- Conjunctions near Dawn
| June 30, 2012
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Posted on 06/30/2012 6:33:51 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Explanation: Now shining in eastern skies at dawn, bright planets Venus and Jupiter join the Pleiades star cluster in this sea and sky scape, recorded earlier this week near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Venus dominates the scene that includes bright star Aldebaran just below and to the right. The planets are easy to spot for early morning risers, but this sky also holds two of our solar system's small worlds, Vesta and Ceres, not quite bright enough to be seen with the unaided eye. The digital camera's time exposure just captures them, though. Their positions are indicated when you put your cursor over the image. In orbit around Vesta, NASA's Dawn spacecraft arrived there last July, but is nearing the end of its visit to the main belt asteroid. In August, it will set off on its planned journey to Ceres, arriving at the dwarf planet in 2015.
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TOPICS: Astronomy; Astronomy Picture of the Day; Science
KEYWORDS: aldebaran; apod; argentina; astronomy; buenosaires; ceres; conjunctionjunction; dawnspacecraft; jupiter; nasa; pleiades; science; venus; vesta; whatsyourfunction
posted on 06/30/2012 6:34:01 AM PDT
To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...
posted on 06/30/2012 6:36:24 AM PDT
Conjunctions near Dawn
Cue Rush (not Limbaugh).
Rush? Cue Tony Orlando.
This is Ceres.
I can't wait to see what those dwarves look like.
posted on 06/30/2012 7:01:52 AM PDT
( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
Hahahaha!sf - at our latitude, they appear more vertical to each other. I’ve been seeing this beautiful display for awhile.
posted on 06/30/2012 7:11:16 AM PDT
(The Marx-in-the-Parks crowd is a basement skunkworks operation of the AFL-CIO)
Snow White, Elmo
and the Seven Dwarves,(not Politically Correct on Earth butt....)
posted on 06/30/2012 7:28:18 AM PDT
by Young Werther
(Julius Caesar said "Quae cum ita sunt. Since these things are so.".)
I was wondering when Venus was going to show back up after the sun transit. I noticed this a few days ago before sunrise and was impressed with God’s splendor once again. I figured it must be Jupiter but wasnt positive.
posted on 06/30/2012 7:35:50 AM PDT
by Delta 21
(Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
"The Great Conjunction is THE END OF THE WOOOOORRRLD! ...or the beginning. Hmph."
posted on 06/30/2012 7:40:16 AM PDT
(ABOs are Romneybot trolls. LOOKING FOR ROLEPLAYERS. Check Profile.)
Figures that Dawn would have conjunctions nearby. What a flooze.
posted on 06/30/2012 8:12:01 AM PDT
To: the invisib1e hand
Great, now the whole damned bus is cheering.
posted on 06/30/2012 8:12:56 AM PDT
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