(via APOD: 2012 April 6 - Venus and the Sisters)
Venus here is in conjunction with the Pleiades. The diffraction spikes are from the shape of the aperture of the lens used for the shot.
Image Credit & Copyright: Fred Espenak (Bifrost Astronomical Observatory)
Also, the observatory is named “Bifrost”. I wonder if it’s on a rainbow bridge.

(via APOD: 2012 April 6 - Venus and the Sisters)

Venus here is in conjunction with the Pleiades. The diffraction spikes are from the shape of the aperture of the lens used for the shot.

Image Credit & CopyrightFred Espenak (Bifrost Astronomical Observatory)

Also, the observatory is named “Bifrost”. I wonder if it’s on a rainbow bridge.

(via APOD: 2012 March 30 - The Grand Canyon in Moonlight)
Moon. Venus. Jupiter below. Pleiades just above (compact cluster), Hyades a little to the left above (V-shaped, open cluster). Colorado River shining in the moonlight.
Nothing need be said. Just marvel.
Having been to the Grand Canyon myself, and hiked down into it (along the Havasupai branch - named for the tribe whose reservation is on that section of the canyon), I can honestly recommend that anyone who gets a chance should see it.
Image Credit & Copyright: Malcolm Park (North York Astronomical Association)

(via APOD: 2012 March 30 - The Grand Canyon in Moonlight)

Moon. Venus. Jupiter below. Pleiades just above (compact cluster), Hyades a little to the left above (V-shaped, open cluster). Colorado River shining in the moonlight.

Nothing need be said. Just marvel.

Having been to the Grand Canyon myself, and hiked down into it (along the Havasupai branch - named for the tribe whose reservation is on that section of the canyon), I can honestly recommend that anyone who gets a chance should see it.

Image Credit & CopyrightMalcolm Park (North York Astronomical Association)

(via Starship Asterisk* • View topic - Submission Gallery: Jupiter-Venus Conjuction/Mars Opposition)
If you had a nice camera, a mount, and some time, you could also capture Mars in opposition with Jupiter and Venus. Note also that the photographer here captured Mercury by itself against a darker background and put it into the shot more visibly.
Click the link at the top of the post to see the full gallery of shots collected by the APOD editors via submissions to Starship Asterisk, the APOD forum.
Mars, Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in a row
http://homepage.univie.ac.at/franz.kerschbaumCopyright: Franz Kerschbaum

(via Starship Asterisk* • View topic - Submission Gallery: Jupiter-Venus Conjuction/Mars Opposition)

If you had a nice camera, a mount, and some time, you could also capture Mars in opposition with Jupiter and Venus. Note also that the photographer here captured Mercury by itself against a darker background and put it into the shot more visibly.

Click the link at the top of the post to see the full gallery of shots collected by the APOD editors via submissions to Starship Asterisk, the APOD forum.

Mars, Moon, Jupiter, Venus and Mercury in a row

http://homepage.univie.ac.at/franz.kerschbaum
Copyright: Franz Kerschbaum