2012 Night Sky
Saturday, February 25, 2012 5:13:27 PM
The Moon is bottom right behind the tree, Venus the next bright object near centre frame and Jupiter up and left of that. It was a 60 second exposure, hence the trailing.
A few seconds later, the ISS was between Orion and Gemini:
I'm quite pleased with this image. Still a 60 second exposure so the ISS shows as a long trail (it was travelling top-right to bottom-left) but Orion shows up really well and Castor and Pollux are visible in the top left of the image.
So, other events that will happen in 2012 include a much closer conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. On 15th March they will be within 3 degrees of each other - I hope it's a clear sky in the UK then!
Then on 5 - 6th of June there will be a transit of Venus. The Planet Venus will pass between the Earth and the Sun and we will see Venus as a small black circle slowly move across, or “transit” the disc of the Sun. I have a solar telescope so am hoping to get some photographs of this. The only problem is that the whole transit will not be visible from the UK and it starts at 22:09 UT on the 5th and ends at 04:40 UT on the 6th June. So I'll have to be up really early on the morning of the 6th June (a Wednesday) to see it. If I can get a photo of it through my "SolarScope" it will be well worth it!