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Observation by Alex Pratt: Venus and Mercury nearing appulse - 2020...

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Alex Pratt

Observer

Alex Pratt

Observed

2020 May 20 - 20:04

Uploaded

2020 May 21 - 08:36

Objects

Mercury
Venus
Conjunction

Equipment
  • Canon EOS 500D
  • Tamron 70-300mm lens (100mm f/4)
  • ISO 400
Exposure

1/20s

Location

Leeds, West Yorkshire

Target name

Venus and Mercury nearing appulse - 2020 May 20

Title

Venus and Mercury nearing appulse - 2020 May 20

About this image

One example from a series taken in a clear sky during yesterday's warm evening. Venus is at upper left, Mercury is at the 5 o'clock position to the lower right. No image processing applied, just cropped.

It took me a while to spot Mercury in my 10x50 binoculars. As the sky darkened I was able to see both planets with the naked eye. That's a rare sighting for me.

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