Sunday, February 15, 2015

Mars and Venus Dating in February

I've heard that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, so it seemed fitting that the two planets seemed to chase each other into the sunset on Valentine's Day. The bright evening star Venus shone bright high above the horizon, but it wasn't until I got the photos onto my computer that I noticed fainter Mars to the upper left.

venus mars conjunction february
Single frame, Canon T5i, f/8, 0.8 sec, ISO 400, 50mm

venus mars february 2015

venus mars february 2015
Single frame, Canon T5i, f/8, 1.3 sec, ISO 400, 30mm

Keep an eye on the two over the next few days, as the couple will get closer together. I guess you could say the pair got together on Valentine's Day, got closer over time - finally, on February 20, the planets will have a kinky 3-way with the slim crescent moon after sunset. I doubt the 50 Shades of Grey movie includes planetary conjunctions haha!

february mars venus moon
Mars, Venus and the Moon within 2° on February 20th, screenshot from Stellarium

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