Video of Venus-Jupiter pair from Cavite (January 16, 2019)

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Venus as Evening Star (December 2016)

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A green laser points at Venus, currently visible in the western horizon about an hour after sunset. This photo was taken on November 30, 2016 from the observing deck of Seven Suites Hotel Observatory in Antipolo.

Lately, you might have noticed what appears to be a very bright star prominently visible in the western horizon about an hour after sunset. This ‘star’ is in fact the planet Venus.

Venus is the brightest among the five planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn) that can be seen with the naked eye. The planet will continue to be prominent in the sky until around March 2017.

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Saturn (May 8, 2016)

Photo of Saturn taken on May 8, 2016 through eyepiece projection with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Logitech Pro 4000 web camera. The gap between the rings of Saturn (called the Cassini Division), is visible in this photo.

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Photo of Saturn taken on May 8, 2016. Image captured through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Logitech Pro 4000 web camera. Processed using AutoStakkert and Registax. For more images of planets, click here. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano.

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Mars (May 5, 2016)

Photo of Mars taken on May 5, 2016 through eyepiece projection with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a UV-IR filter, a 5 mm eyepiece, and an SPC900NC/00 web camera. The polar ice cap, the dark and the bright areas, and the clouds on Mars are visible in the photo.

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The polar ice cap, the light and dark areas, and the clouds on Mars are visible in this photo. For more images of planets, click here.

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Planets observed at SM MOA (April 30, 2016)

Here are some photos of last night’s public observation conducted by the Astronomical League of the Philippines and the Manila Street Astronomers at the SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City, featuring the planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars.

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Jupiter (March 12, 2016)

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Photo of Jupiter taken on March 12, 2016, through eyepiece projection method with a 4-in f/9 refractor, a 5 mm eyepiece, and a Canon 1100D DSLR (in video mode). Jupiter’s cloud bands and the Great Red Spot are visible in this photo. For other images of planets, click here. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

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Close Pairing of Venus and Jupiter

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Click on the photo to view full resolution. Through a telescope, the crescent shape of Venus (left) and the cloud bands of Jupiter (right) become visible, as well as the moons that orbit around Jupiter. Image taken from Quezon City, Philippines, using a Canon 450D DSLR mounted on a 4-in f/9 refractor, ISO 1600, 1/200 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of close pairing of celestial objects, click here.

To the naked eye, Venus and Jupiter look very similar to stars. Through a telescope, however, the crescent shape of Venus and the cloud bands of Jupiter are revealed, as well as the moons that orbit Jupiter.

Close pairing occurs whenever two or more celestial objects (which could be a planet, a star, or the moon) appear to be in the same direction in the sky as viewed from Earth. While they would seem to be very close to each other (as in the case Venus and Jupiter), in reality, they are separated by vast distances.

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Mercury at Kiltepan Peak, Sagada

Image of the eastern sky a few minutes before sunrise on March 1, 2015. Mercury is the bright object closest to the horizon on the lower right part of the image. Photo taken using a Canon 450D DSLR with 18-55 mm lens set at 18 mm, f/3.5, ISO 1600, 10 sec exposure, from Kiltepan Peak in Sagada, Mountain Province, Philippines. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano

Mercury is a relatively bright planet easily visible to the naked eye, but because of its close proximity to the Sun, it is often lost in the Sun’s glare. During sunrise and sunset, however, the region close to the Sun may be thoroughly searched without the blinding glare, making the task of finding the planet much easier. Mercury is the bright object closest to the horizon on the lower right part of the image. For more photos of planets, click here.

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Mars, Venus, and Moon Celestial Grouping

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Image of Mars-Venus-Moon celestial grouping on February 20, 2015, taken at around 6 pm from Quezon City, Philippines. Canon 450D, 50 mm lens, f/3.5, ISO 1600, 1/5 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more celestial grouping images, click here.

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Venus-Jupiter-Moon Celestial Grouping

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Image of Venus-Jupiter-Moon celestial grouping on August 24, 2014, taken at 5 am from Camarines Norte, Philippines. Canon 450D, 50 mm lens, f/1.8, ISO 1600, 1/10 sec exposure. Photo Credit: Anthony Urbano. For more images of celestial grouping, click here.

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