Prelude (2 days before the planet conjunction)

Jupiter & Venus, Nikon D3200 (June 28, 2015)

Nikon D3200 (June 28, 2015 at 9:55 p.m.), ISO 800, 6.8 seconds, f/4, 18mm, (Click the image to enlarge)

I took this photo after 10:00 p.m. tonight (June 28, 2015) with only my Nikon D3200 and 55mm lens (no scope).  Venus is the very bright planet in the lower center of the western sky.  Jupiter is the orange planet just above and to the left of Venus.  The 3 stars above Jupiter that make up the perfect triangle are (starting from your left to right): Regulus (on the left), Algieba (on the top & directly in line above Jupter), and Epsilon Leo (on the right).  They are part of the head and right arm of Leo the lion.  The small, faint blue star, that is at the 2 O’clock position above and right of Regulus and at the 7 O’clock position below Algieba is Eta Leo, a blue super giant star 1,300 Light Years away that burns with the energy/light of 7,600 of our Sun.  Eta Leo has ceased fusing its core (meaning it has all but run out of hydrogen and helium fuel and will next become a red super giant before exploding in a supernova.  The supernova shockwave propels matter at 30,000 km per second (18,641 miles per second)!

Jupiter & Venus Conjunction

June 30, 2015

Jupiter and Venus Conjunction (2 planets within 1/3 of 1 degree of each other), Nikon 3200, (June 30, 2015)

Star Party (June 30, 2015)

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