Saturday, August 27, 2016
A Beautiful Sunset With Clouds - Phooey!
This photograph is taken from Memorial Park, overlooking Hempstead Harbor, at sunset. It is beautiful because of the clouds. It is also maddening because of the clouds! And that's because, behind the clouds, the planets Jupiter and Venus are in conjunction, which means they are really close to each other. Close, as in only 1/2 degree apart! I brought some 15 power binoculars with me, and decided to go down to the water to better see the western horizon. It was still light out, and I was able to see both planets, through some of the thinner clouds, for a period of about 5 minutes. This would have been an astounding thing to see, had both planets been in a dark sky. If you missed this, it will happen again in 2065.
Posted by Ken Spencer at 10:39 PM