Venus/Jupiter conjunction 8-18-2014

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You had to get up well before sunrise to see the beautiful Venus/Jupiter conjunction this morning, but it was worth it. The planets were separated by less than the diameter of the Moon and blazed like a pair of binary stars in the pre-dawn sky.  This picture, taken with a standard tripod-mounted digital camera, shows approximately how it looked to the naked eye.  Telescopically, it was even more impressive, as I was able to see both planets and the Galilean moons in a single field of view at 50x!

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