Venus and Jupiter have put on quite a show for skywatchers in recent weeks.
The two planets have been shining brightly in the early evening skies for several weeks, and in recent days they’ve been moving closer together in the night sky. On Wednesday (March 1), the pair made their closest approach to one another while also entering into an arrangement known as a conjunction, meaning they shared the same right ascension, the celestial equivalent of longitude.
As Jupiter and Venus began approaching each other over the last few weeks, astrophotographers around the world started capturing the celestial dance the two planets have been engaged in. One stunning image submitted by Soumyadeep Mukherjee of Dhanbad, India, shows what the photographer calls “10 Days of Nearness” between the two planets, spanning from Feb. 21 to March 2, 2023.
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Mukherjee took the photographs that make up this 10-image collage using a Nikon D5600 camera equipped with a Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art lens. Post-processing was conducted in Adobe Photoshop.
In an email to Space.com, Mukherjee described his process for taking the photographs that make up the collage: