Planetary Conjunction

Image taken 07 May 2002, 21:30 (BST)
Location Longcross Plain, New Forest
50°56'06"N  1°39'12"W   SU244151
18°C, distant cloud
Comments This was the best planetary conjunction to be seen for the next 50 years - 5 planets all gathered near the sunset.  The bright triangle consists of Venus on the right, Mars at the top and Saturn below.  In the top left of the image is Jupiter, Mercury was visible below the triangle and to the right but hid behind the bank of cloud shortly before this photo was taken.
Equipment used Pentax P30T, 50mm standard lens
Kodak Gold 100 ASA, f1.8, 10 seconds exposure.

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