Jupiter & Mars At Dawn
Taken by Alan Dyer on January 6, 2018 @ near Gleichen, Alberta
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Exposure Time: 25/10
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 800
Date Taken: 2018:01:06 08:19:15
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Here are Jupiter (brightest) and Mars (dimmer, just to the right of Jupiter) at their very closest conjunction (about 16 arc minutes or 1/4 degree apart) on the morning of January 6, 2018.

This is from southern Alberta, Canada.

The double star Alpha Librae, or Zubenelgenubi, is to the right of the planet pair and resolved here. Two of the moons of Jupiter are also resolved in the original image.

I shot this from home on a mild winter morning but with cloud moving in from the west, so the timing was perfect for the planets in a clear sky with just a touch of cloud for sky colour.

This is a stack of 4 exposures mean combined for the ground to smooth noise and one exposure for the sky, all 2.5-seconds at f/4 with the Sigma 50mm lens and Canon 6D MkII at ISO 800. Twilight and moonlight illuminate the sky and ground. Framed with a Rule of Thirds composition.
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