Venus and Jupiter conjunction

Venere, Giove e Sacra

:: This evening splendid Venus-Jupiter pair captured next to the Sacra di San Michele, the Symbolic monument of the Piedmont region, in the North-West of Italy. The book The Name of the Rose was inspired by this monumental abbey ::

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Moon and Venus at sunset

Mon and Venus at sunset

LUNA E VENERE SUL LAGO DI VIVERONE / Moon and Venus over the Viverone lake

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LUNA E PIANETI SU DON BOSCO / Moon and planets over the Basilica of Don Bosco

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:: The image shows the lovely conjucntion above the eastern horizon early this morning.  Near the left bottom of the frame is Mercury just over the colorful twilight glow while Venus is shining left of the Moon’s sunlit crescent. The scene is completed by the silhouette of the Basilica of Saint John Bosco ::

:: Canon Eos 5D Mk II  – focal lenght: 105 mm – exp: 1.3 sec. – aperture: f/4 – ISO: 500 ::

I would like to dedicate this picture to the memory of Patrick Moore, whose passion for the heavens inspired me as millions of people around the world.

One of my images featured on a new video by NASA

NASA just presented a video illustrating the conjunction show that will take place before sunrise in the upcoming days. With my great surprise, the last image of the video (@2:21) is that I took last March with my kids contamplating a similar conjunction 🙂

My “Sunspot at sunrise” image is published by CNN and gets great media coverage

My image of the sunspot AR 1476 rising alogside the Basilica of Superga (taken on May 10th) received a great media coverage being viewed by thousands of people around the web — a list of main webisites where it has been featured in the recent couple of weeks is provided below (click on the link to go to the relevant page):

EarthSky, Spaceweather (NASA), ANSA.it, CNN Mexico, Space.com, Astronomy.com Picture of the Day, Meteoweb, Space.com POD.

Thanks for looking and best wishes for a great view of the Transit of Venus! Here are some useful resources to plan and follow the event: