Saturn, Mars, Venus and Fireworks

July 17, 2010

Saturn, Mars, Venus and Fireworks
: Robert Arn; Robert's web address
Summary Author: Robert Arn; Jim Foster

The fireworks at right actually aren't celebrating the interesting planetary alignment featured at left, though they could be. Rather they're part of the Oak Creek Park (Lincoln, Nebraska) annual Independence Day display. Right after sunset above the western horizon, Saturn, Mars, and Venus are all visible. Over the next few weeks, watch this part of the sky as these three planets squeeze closer together before finally setting below the horizon. Currently, Venus gleams at a magnitude of -4.0, Mars glows at 1.4 and Saturn, the dimmest of the trio, glimmers at a magnitude of approximately 1.2. Photo taken on July 5, 2010.

Photo Details: Camera Maker: CANNON; Camera Model: Cannon XSi (Hap Griffin Modified); Lens: Sigma 10mm Fisheye f/2.8; tripod mount; Exposure Time:1x0.4 s; Aperture: f/2.8; ISO equiv: 800; Photoshop processing.