Venus, Moon, Pollux And Castor
Taken by Bob Beal on June 15, 2018 @ Joppa, Texas, USA
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Date Taken: 2018:06:21 00:53:21
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These pictures were taken June 15, 2018 at the small central Texas community of Joppa, which consists of a church, a community center, and an obsolete iron truss bridge. I had hoped the bridge would make an interesting foreground for Venus and her friends, but it faced the wrong way and was ensconced by trees, so I moved on to the church, which had a clearer horizon.

Venus and the Moon take center stage. Pollux and Castor are the two bright stars to their right. The Beehive star cluster directly above Venus just missed being in the frame. Hydras head is visible above the sign, and its brightest star, Alphard, sits at the upper left corner.

The time was about 45 minutes after sunset. It was still too bright to see stars visually, but the camera was able to record stars down to the naked eye limit of magnitude 6.5.

The picture stitches 2 frames together. They were taken with a Panasonic G9 camera and 20mm f/1.7 lens. The other shots were taken nearby.

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