Friday, 30 March 2012

Let's Travel! Jupiter, Venus and Pleiades...

Here's a new photograph I really like. It shows the planets Jupiter and Venus together with the star cluster Pleiades and all nicely framed by silhouetted trees and very subtle colours of twilight.

Jupiter, Venus and Pleiades - prints available for purchase

The photograph was taken at Dryandra Lions Village in the wheatbelt of Western Australia, which is where the twice-a-year ASWA Astro Camp is held. It's a nice place to stay if you don't mind slightly rustic accommodation (clean, neat and tidy, but old logging cabins - basic). Very peaceful. I have several more photo's from the trip to process and post yet.

Back to the photograph...

Let's look at this astronomy photograph from a distance point of view.

  • In the foreground we have the trees and bushes, 5-50m from the camera. 
  • After that, we have the nice twilight colours caused by the low sunlight filtering through our atmosphere (let's say 100 km - the edge of "space" as it is defined). 
  • Then we move on to Venus, the brightest point in the photograph. It was about 102,300,000 km from Earth at the time.
  • Moving out to Jupiter, the next closest object in the photograph, it is approximately 867,700,000 km from the Earth.
  • Lastly, let's travel to the star cluster of Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters, and Messier 45, among other names), which is at a significantly more distant 3,784,000,000,000,000 km.
That's quite a trip!

This is a very nice photograph, the trees are sharp, as are the planets. The stars are naturally trailed due to the movement of the sky without distraciton. It is a scene we can all relate to - the colours of twilight and the bright stars and planets we see near sunset and sunrise. The photograph would do well on a 80cm print or 1m canvas. I hope to have the opportunity to print it for someone, please contact me if interested in purchasing a product featuring this astrophotography. Prices start from just $18.95.

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