Venus & Mars or... why you should always double-check the weather.
Yesterday there was a close arrangement of the crescent moon, Venus, and Mars. Venus and Mars were only about 3/4º apart in the sky. I didn't get to see it because it was overcast.
Tonight, however, was the actual "conjunction" of Venus & Mars (the "conjunction" occurs when the "right ascension" value of their coordinates happens to be the same -- even if the "declination" component is different.) They are just slightly less than 1/2º apart in the sky. The full moon is roughly the same 1/2º from edge to edge, so if you could imagine overlaying the full moon on this image, it could cover Venus and Mars.
Of course... I thought
it wasn't going to be clear, so I didn't even bother to look. As +Leon Shaner
and I were heading out to dinner, I took 2 steps out my door and immediately looked up (astronomers always look up) and was surprised to find a pristinely clear sky. SO... U-turn back into the house to grab the camera and a 300mm lens.
I was able to shoot just a handful of images, pressed for time and completely unplanned. I had to move the tripod once because they were headed into the tall trees on the far side of the street.
These are a bit over-exposed (which is why you see the diffraction spikes coming off Venus - those are caused by the shape of the aperture blades on the lens.) I wish I would have had more time to get a better capture and from a better location.