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Photographed on the morning of 8th May, 2011, right on civil twilight.
The composition shows the planets in "alignment".
This conjunction (technically a massing) has the following constituents: Venus up the top, Jupiter below her, with Mars below him. Mercury sits to the right of Venus.
Keen-eyed observers will note subtle pink crepuscular rays to frame left and frame right.
I made this image from one of my favourite locations along Sydney's coastline.Update: this image, along with three others, achieved Highly Commended awards for a prestigious astrophotography competition in July of 2011. The four prints are now touring various scientific institutions/museums and observatories around Australia.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM
25s f/11.0 at 21.0mm iso400