Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn in the evening sky

August 5, 2010 | By | Add a Comment
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People often express surprise that you can see planets without a telescope. Given the gathering of the planets Mercury, Venus, Mars and Saturn in the evening sky at present, I thought I would brave the winter cold and take a photo tonight to show how easy it is to see them.

Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Mars in the early evening sky tonight.

The above photograph is an six second exposure using a DSLR camera mounted on a stationary tripod with the ISO rating set to 800 ASA. The short horizontal line is a distant passing plane. The planets are extremely easy to see.

Finally, next week the Moon will join this temporary grouping of planets. A finder chart can be found here for next Thursday when this begins to happen.

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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.