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Toano, Virginia

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Canon Rebel T2i + Samyang 14mm f/2.8


This morning I observed the grand alignment of planets! In general, alignments of planets are pretty common for us, but this year we could see a rare combination. All planets that we can see with naked eye (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) are aligned this month in the same order as they lie from the Sun. Meanwhile, there are Uranus and Neptune in the same area of the sky I could capture as tiny tiny dots in the picture. I’m not sure Instagram would even resolve them here, but I made some captions so that you know where planets are. Unfortunately there is no Mercury in that picture. Well, it’s kind of in the frame though, but was covered by the trees at the time of capturing. However, I observed it with naked eye later this morning. You can spot the bright Moon between Venus and Mars, and, in my opinion, it takes a cool position in the picture because it can represent “our planet” in the sky. If you missed the alignment this morning, you still have some time to look at it during the next few days.