Planet Conjunction Rising at Terrigal on May 15th, 2011

Getting through the backlog from the May Conjunctions again, these images were taken on the 15th May on a beautiful morning at Terrigal, next to the Skillion. Like the Bateau Bay ones from a few days earlier, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky – but there was enough particles in the air to cause some brilliant crepuscular rays just before sunrise (my sunrise photos from the day are here).

Sunrise Rays Water Rush

Sunrise Rays Water Rush

The image above is my favourite from the series. I was perched on some rocks avoiding the waves coming in, when a large wave crashed through and drenched my feet and legs. This shot was captured right at that moment – it gives me a real sense of movement with the water, and a beautiful conjunction of planets in the background.

The image is available to purchase on Red Bubble, and is also one of the images in the Astronomy Calendar 2012 by Astrovisuals.

The next image is a short star trail image of about 25 shots captured when I first arrived. It was still dark and the exposures were about 30s each. I left out 1 or 2 shots in the stack to create the “candle” appearance of the planet trails.

Conjunction Candles Rising

Conjunction Candles Rising

A (very short) YouTube video timelapse of the planets rising can be seen below.

It would’ve been nice to capture more of the planets rising, but of course it got too bright.

Below is a single image from the star trails – it gives a real feeling of what the view was like for me on that morning.

Pre-Dawn Planet Conjunction

Pre-Dawn Planet Conjunction

And the last image of the series, taken just before sunrise and features the stunning crepuscular rays amongst the conjunction. I fired off so many shots, it was such a beautiful scene.

Conjunction Amongst the Rays

Conjunction Amongst the Rays

Don’t forget to check out my sunrise shots taken just after these, or the rest of my conjunction shots from May.

Thanks for looking.

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