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Photo Info

Dimensions769 x 2700
Original file size1.29 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken10-Jul-12 04:18
Date modified11-Jul-12 16:17
Shooting Conditions

Camera modelNIKON D700
Focal length70 mm
Focal length (35mm)70 mm
Max lens aperturef/2.8
Exposure2.5s at f/2.8
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 160
Metering modeSpot
Digital zoom1x

TWIN PLANETS | The brightest planets in our solar system, Venus and Jupiter are putting on a wonderful display just before sunrise this week. Taken from Braintree Hill at 4:18 a.m., this image shows Jupiter vertically above Venus in the eastern pre-dawn sky. The bright star just to the lower right of Venus is Aldebaran, a giant red star. High above can be glimpsed the dipper-shaped Pleiades star cluster. All of these are visible to the naked eye, however the show is even more beautiful assisted by binoculars. A clear dawn on July 15 (that's Sunday) will add a 1/12th crescent moon with Earth-shine to this mix. On it's own, this moon, with the dark side faintly illuminated by reflected light from the earth, is considered one of the most beautiful night sky phenomena. The addition of Venus, Jupiter and Aldebaran should make it spectacular. (Herald / Bob Eddy)