Parkes Planetary Conjunction

By: Alex Cherney


Region: Australia and Pacific

Site: Parkes - Australia

Date: 2012 July 15

As seen on Astronomy Picture of the Day in this morning twilight view from New South Wales, Australia, the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus align in a beautiful conjunction as seen above the giant 64-meter dish of Parkes Radio Telescope. Stars of the constellation Taurus, the Bull, decorates the background of this planetary gathering. To the left of the Moon is the Pleiades star cluster. On the image right the prominent figure of Orion, the Hunter, is visible. Parkes telescope is known for its exploration of the distant Universe at radio wavelengths. But the antenna is also famous for its superior lunar television reception. On July 21, 1969 the dish received broadcasts from the Moon that allowed denizens of planet Earth to watch the Apollo 11 moonwalk. Alex Cherney/

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