The 4 Inner Rocky Planets in one Field of View

This image of the 4 inner rocky planets (Venus, Mercury, Mars and Earth) was captured on Saturday night, 20th September, at Long Jetty on the Central Coast of NSW.

Venus, Mercury and Mars made a nice conjunction with the star Spica, forming a lovely triangle in the twilight sky. My daughter Eliza was the model on the jetty.

It was a lovely warm day but very windy. The photo was taken with my Canon 350D and Sigma 17-70mm lens, f/7.1, ISO100, 1.6s exposure.

Processing including selective enhancement of the planets, and saturation boost.

Venus, Mercury, Mars and Spica Conjunction

Venus, Mercury, Mars and Spica Conjunction

I was fortunate enough to have this image selected to appear on NASA’s Astronomy Photo of the Day (APOD) site on 30th September 2008, and I’ve received some great feedback. Eliza was embarrassed at first, but then thrilled to have the photo of her seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the world 🙂

Thanks for looking.

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