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Planets at Dawn

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In the early morning hours of October the 26th, the planets Jupiter, Venus, and mars aligned toward the direction of the eastern horizon and produce a beautiful triple planet conjunction show.

Followed later before Sunrise, the planet Mercury will join the morning planetary alignment

The Triple conjunction of planets Jupiter, Venus, and Mars above the San Fernando Valley

The Triple conjunction of planets Jupiter, Venus, and Mars above the San Fernando Valley

Here is a noted version of preview image:

The planets with respect to the background stars.

The planets with respect to the background stars.

The observation took place at Santa Susana pass, between the local two valleys. The weather condition didn’t prevent this night sky observation even though the valley been having cloudy nights during this month.

Orion constellation was at a good altitude above the southern horizon followed by Canis Major constellation.

Orion & Canis Major constellation.

Orion & Canis Major constellation.

The temperature was great, It was in the low 60s F or higher 50s F  (17~13 C degree)with light winds.

Closer look at the triple conjuction

Closer look at the triple conjunction

Closer look at the triple conjuction

Closer look at the triple conjunction

The planets conjunction over the hills

The planets conjunction over the hills

There were few shooting stars passed by. The most significant observed that morning were slicing the big dipper area coming from south to the Northern horizon. There was one caught on an image while photographing the conjunction of the three planets.

A shooting star frame the of conjunction

A shooting star frame the of conjunction

A shooting star frame the of triple conjunction

A shooting star frame the of triple conjunction (noted)

The shooting star is most likely from the Orionids meteor shower that is still active.

Orion was covered by passing clouds from time to time.

At this point of the night he Moon was reaching the western Horizon.

Another view of the triple conjunction near clouds.

Another view of the triple conjunction near clouds.

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Orion and the star sirius with clouds

The Moon on the Western Horizon

The Moon on the Western Horizon

Another shot of the Triple conjunction

Another shot of the Triple conjunction with passing clouds

Orion with respect to the local southern horizon which is higher than true south horizon.

Orion with respect to the local southern horizon which is higher than true south horizon.

The Pleiades were stunning as usual with Aldebaran following it. At this point of the night, Mercury was near rising, I had to take a couple more pictures of the triple conjunction and obseved the Moon set on the western horizon.

The Big Dipper was up high with it’s pattern of this time of the year and night.

Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak.

Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak.

Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak

Triple conjunction from Rocky Peak

I had to include my shadow in the frame for this one.

I had to include my shadow in the frame for this one.

The Big Dipper.

The Big Dipper.

The Big Dipper noted.

The Big Dipper noted.

A wide view of the triple conjunction from the peak over the San Fernando Valley.

A wide view of the triple conjunction from the peak over the San Fernando Valley.

The Moon set over Simi Valley

The Moon set over Simi Valley

Triple conjunction before Sunrise

Triple conjunction before Sunrise

Finally, Mercury is in the same frame image as the other planets.

Planet Mercury with the other planets

Planet Mercury with the other planets

Here is the noted version below:

Triple conjunction with Planet Mercury

Triple conjunction with Planet Mercury

The planet Mercury

The planet Mercury

One more close up of the triple conjunction. Jupiter Moons are showing easily

One more close up of the triple conjunction. Jupiter Moons are showing easily

Jupiter Left, Venus Right

Jupiter Left, Venus Right

The show of the night ended with the arrival of the most relevant start to our life, the Sun.

Sunrise October 26th-2015

Sunrise October 26th-2015

Until next time…

October-26th-2015

Rocky Peak, Santa Susana pass

Los Angeles, CA.

-Ahmad