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Jupiter-Conjunct-Venus (almost)

Some photos of the waxing Moon (taken last night on 28th June’15) and  Jupiter almost conjunct Venus (taken this evening 29th June’15). I will try to take photos of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction over the next few days (wish us astro-photographers clear skies).  🙂   -Mani Navasothy

Jupiter conjunct Venus 29June2015
Jupiter conjunct Venus 29 June 2015 – Mani Navasothy
waxing moon 28june2015 (c) Mani Navasothy
waxing moon 28 june 2015 (c) Mani Navasothy

Photo: Jupiter & Venus in same frame (5th May2015 @ 22:17hrs gmt. S.London)

Just by chance I happen to glimpse a bright `star’ from my bathroom window..almost at low horizon in the west..and I knew instantly what it was..so ran out to garden with my Digital SLR ..and started clicking.. and then I looked to the SW sky and saw an equally bright object and knew ..that’s gotta be Jupiter.. Of course both were confirmed by me using my SKy-eye app on the mobile..(by pointing it / centering on object). So here we are..:-)

This blog shows 2 photos. Here are a few photos I took just hours ago (5th May 2015.. around 22:17hrs GMT) from my garden in South London area…in between fast moving clouds, using my DSLR (sony DSC-HX300).

Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right)  - Photo taken on 5thMay'15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London  (c)MN
Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:17hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

This shot was taken (hand-held) using the 3D viewable function of the DSLR.

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Jupiter (top left) Venus (bottom right) – Photo taken on 5thMay’15 @22:16hrs gmt from S.London (c)MN

This shot was taken using the `superior auto’ function (low light).

It’s notable that currently  Jupiter is at 13’41” Leo, and Venus is 27’17” Gemini.  These two planets are of course called the beneficial planets..  So to capture them both in one frame is a great thrill for me.. 🙂   (no trickery..  it’s why I didn’t even stamp a `copyright’ note on the photo..  lest anyone thought I `graphixed’ it 🙂

-Mani Navasothy

Blue & Indigo Moons of 2012

Hi all,  just when I thought I’d finished writing about astrological events (for now!) I remembered this thing.

There is a traditional Blue moon later in the year – I use the phrase traditional to mean the usual trend of having 2 Full moons in the same calendar month – It is the second full moon which everyone calls a Blue moon.   Well, we will be having one of those.. at the end of August 2102.   The first full moon, falls on 2nd of August’12 and is in the sign of Aquarius (at 3.27hrs gmt)  . The second Full moon of that month is on 31st August, and in the sign of Pisces (at 13:58hrs gmt).  So this one on the 31st is a traditional Blue moon!!    (technically it may not fall on 31st of August for some parts of the world..  I imagine for people in Australia, it will be the next day..  and so falls not on the `same calendar month’.

Astrological Full moon:

But here comes more tech info.   A true `astrological blue moon’ is one where two consecutive full moons fall in the `same star sign’.  We had one of those last year in 2011.  Note, when that happens, the first full moon of the `pair’ may be in one calendar month (say 15th December) at ..say 1degree Gemini, and 2nd of the pair on 14th January (following year)..in 30degrees Gemini, that’s what we call an Astrological Full moon..   both in the sign of Gemini (It’s an example I just made up…so don;t go looking for it 🙂

Now for the other bit-

Indigo Moon:  

This is a phrase I coined up few years ago when talking about this subject online an with friends.  If we have `blue moons’ at full moons, I thought about `new moons/ dark moons’ happening in same calendar months or in same star signs in consecutive months… I felt that deserved a name, so called it `Indigo moon’   – basically it’s the 2nd New moon in the same calendar month or same astrological sign!

Well, we have one of those this year too..   20th May’12 i a new moon in Gemini (0’21” degrees at 23:47hrs gmt) , and 19th June is also a New moon in Gemini (28’43” degrees at 15:02 hrs gmt).   So in my book, that’s an astrological Indigo moon 🙂

Now here is a fab extra news..  the first of those `Indigo moon’ pairs (20h May) is also a Solar Eclipse!!

I’ll write about those another time..  and also will do a free Webinar on these 🙂

-Mani

ps. Photo of moon taken by me few years back, using zoom function of a hand-held DVD camera’s still photo function.. I was amazed I could get such photos. 🙂