5 planets in the sky - may 2002


In May 2002 we are lucky to admire a noticeable conjunction between Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Mercury, in the west direction after the sunset. This conjunction will not occur again before 58 years.

All pictures on this page were captured with an EPSON 3000 digital camera.


Pictures on May 2nd

This pictures were captured on may 2nd, from Bazemont village (Yvelines - France), 40 Km westward from Paris. In the background, the chimneys of the electric power plant of Porcheville and the city lights of Mantes town.

4 seconds exposure at about 22H00 local time. Sensitivity adjustment is 100 ISO. Click to enlarge.

May 2nd 2002 at about 22H00

 

 

Here is the "twilight of the Gods". 8 seconds exposure at about 22H30 local time. Sensitivity adjustment is 400 ISO. Click to enlarge.

May 2nd 2002 at about 22H30

 

 

Picture on May 7th

This picture was captured from the same place, under a hazy sky. Saturn, Venus and mars are forming a right angle. Mercury is barely visible behind a curtain of haze.

8 seconds exposure at about 22H30 local time. Sensitivity adjustment is 400 ISO. Click to enlarge.

May 7th 2002 at about 22H30

 

 

Picture on May 12th

This picture was captured near Chevreuse (Yvelines - France). Venus is moving away from Saturn and getting closer to Jupiter. Mercury has disapeared behind the cloudy horizon.

8 seconds exposure at about 22H30 local time. Sensitivity adjustment is 200 ISO. Click to enlarge.

May 12th 2002 at about 22H30

 

 

Pictures on May 14th

Moon is moving slowly below Venus, on the left of Mars. These pictures were captured between sunset and dark night near Chevreuse (Yvelines - France).

EPSON 3000 camera was placed behind a home made refractor consisiting of SUPER PLÍSSL 40mm eyepiece and a 130mm photographic lens. Click to enlarge.

Lunar conjunction with Venus and Mars on may 14th 2002

 



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