(Posted 27 August 2016)
(c) 2016 Paul Floyd Mercury, Venus and Jupiter dazzle in the evening twilight on Friday 26 August 2016. Photo taken from southern Canberra, Australia. 13 second exposure.
Make sure you are taking a couple of minutes over the next few nights to look at the unfolding planetary close encounter that is happening between Mercury, Venus and Jupiter. No telescope is required. Just look to the West as the sky darkens (6.30 pm AEST for most of Eastern Australia) and look for three ‘stars’. Finder charts can be found here for August 2016 and September 2016.
This website is maintained by Paul Floyd. I am an amateur astronomer (and school teacher) with 25 years experience (as at 2015) in running a range of education and public astronomy outreach activities. As of January 2015, I have been providing astronomy information via the WWW for eighteen years.