Taken by Rick Stankiewicz on January 7, 2018 @ New Hamburg, Ontario, Canada
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  Camera Used: Canon Canon EOS 60D
Exposure Time: 3/1
Aperture: f/4.0
ISO: 1250
Date Taken: 2018:01:08 17:34:09
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Super Conjunction with a Lunar Halo:
The morning of January 7th was clear at 6:00 a.m., but by 6:30 a thin layer of cirrus clouds were drifting in from the west. The conjunction of Jupiter and Mars was clearly visible and the pictures are attached to show what I saw shooting from a from a balcony in a subdivision on the south side of New Hamburg, Ontario. Jupiter was nicely placed above Mars and at about 0.2 separation, this was a close conjunction. I had followed this planetary dance for the previous few mornings and each day just got better and better as the two planets got closer and closer and to their right was the double alpha star of Libra, Zubenelgenubi.
As I looked to the west of the planetary pairing I saw the late waning gibbous Moon (one day before last quarter) and thin clouds aided in producing a faint Lunar Halo. I was happy enough for the conjunction alone, but the halo was a real bonus!
Within 15 minutes, the clouds thickened, the halo disappeared and so did the planets and all the surrounding stars. I was rewarded for an early start to my day. Keep looking up!
I was using a tripod mounted Canon 60D camera and Canon 18-200mm lense at ISO 1250 f/4.0-5.6 and from 1 to 4 seconds (some images cropped).
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